I grew up in a very close, traditional Italian family and our Thanksgiving dinners have always been legendary – lots of food, plenty of wine, lots of love and lots of laughs. Not to mention LOTS of people. So, growing up, I always secretly imagined what it’d be like to have a quiet Thanksgiving holiday with just a handful of people sitting around the dinner table.
Well, thanks to the pandemic and lockdown rules in Ontario, this year I got exactly that: a Thanksgiving lunch with just three people sitting at the table. My parents and I celebrated the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday on Sunday afternoon and guys, it wasn’t terrible. Sure, I missed seeing my extended family a lot, but spending the holiday with just my parents was actually kind of nice.
Mom cooked the turkey feast and I cleaned up the kitchen for her afterwards. Pops packed up the leftovers – there were plenty of leftovers – and drove them over to my sister and brother-in-law’s house so that they could celebrate too with a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
I’m thankful for …
This year has been a weird one for all of us to say the least BUT there are still a whole slew of things I’m thankful for. Firstly, I’m mega-thankful for my family and loved ones’ health. I’m thankful to have been able to keep my job and continue working throughout this whole pandemic because I know not everyone’s been as lucky as I have.
My best friend Katie and her lovely husband Alex (and Haru!) – you guys mean the absolute world to me and I cannot WAIT to see you again. Whenever that is, just know that I will hug each one of you for at least 45 minutes before you get a chance to sit or lie down again.
I’m grateful for the home that I live in and share with my parents. I’m grateful for the sale of my condo – yes finally it sold! – and I’m thankful for having such an incredible group of friends and coworkers that I see every day at work and online. These people put a smile on my face every single day, even when I’m feeling my lowest, and God knows that isn’t always the easiest thing to do.
Lastly, the group of online friends that I have in both the classic film and film collecting communities are incredibly important to me and I value their friendships almost more than anything else in this world. You make me laugh, you make me cry, you lift me up and you always make me feel incredibly welcome in our online space. You teach me SO MANY THINGS every day and you’re the people I look to when I want to know more – more about film, more about life, more about love and more about … well, just about ANYTHING.
Some of you I’ve known for years (i.e. Raquel, Jeff, Joel, Will, Lee, Carl) and some of you I’ve only just met a few months ago. You are all important to me and I will always cherish the kindnesses you’ve shown and given me. And Raquel, I’m forever grateful to you for always putting those book round-up posts together and for hosting your FABULOUS reading challenge for us every year!
Lastly, before I leave writing this post, I’ve got to mention my boyfriend. Nathan, I think it goes without saying that this year could have (and would have) been an absolute dumpster fire if I hadn’t met you. You’ve made me smile more than anyone else has this year and your care and kindness for me knows no bounds, so THANK YOU. You’re silly, you’re clueless (sometimes), you’re incredibly intelligent, you’re beyond anything I could have ever imagined or hoped for for myself and I adore you.