“Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” ―
Tomorrow families all across America will celebrate Thanksgiving. Not all dinner tables will be set the same. As each family is unique celebrating the cornucopia of food.
Hopefully your table will be filled with plenty. This year’s Thanksgiving table might weave together families who rarely visit with each other or better yet mend a family’s brokenness.
Thanksgiving is the only day that reminds us just how powerful it is to gather together. A time to celebrate the harvest. But it can be hard. The choice is up to us what we reap.
There is something magical that happens when humans gather together. There is laughter, crying and every emotion in between. And that is what sets the table for lifelong memories. Not the silverware or fancy centerpiece.
You might be thinking, “do you know so and so and how annoying he or she is?” No, I don’t. But the people who are seated around your Thanksgiving table are not perfect. No one is.
Perhaps this is our call to action for tomorrow—to show human kindness when we sit and break bread with those who differ with us. To gather together as Abraham Lincoln reminds us and “whatever you are, be a good one.”
When we choose kindness to others, hate dissipates. You might say, “but you don’t understand what they have done.” You’re right they may be standing in your way on a personal or professional level. But when you are seated for your Thanksgiving meal all you can do is stay seated and gather together.
I’ve always thought about the first Thanksgiving. What was the topic of conversation? Did everyone get along? Probably not. But did everyone find happiness. I think so.
When we gather together with gratefulness something positive always occurs. In fact Alice Waters says it best: “This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.”
Here at Fooducopia we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day in order to gather together with our family and friends. We hope you enjoy your time around your table.
And, as always, we want to say thank you for your support of Wash Park restaurant Fooducopia and we look forward to seeing you soon at the corner of Kentucky and Race Avenue.