A New Look For Thanksgiving 2020
2020: the year of the coronavirus, COVID-19. A pandemic that has led to global social and economic disruption, mass cancellations and postponements of events, worldwide lockdowns, a multitude of deaths, and economic recession. Our world has changed so much - required PPE (personal protective equipment) such as face masks and shields and gloves. Stocking up on hand sanitizer, disinfectant sprays, and wipes. Store aisles that stocked those items in addition to toilet paper and paper towels are bare. And social distancing. Things are so very different in efforts to control the spread of the virus.
The holiday season
But now we're embarking upon the holidays like Thanksgiving. Traditionally, families and friends gather and break bread together with a huge, delicious turkey and all the dressings. However, this year has been anything but traditional and upon reflection, I pondered, "What will Thanksgiving 2020 look like for me?"
Last year's Thanksgiving was a big gathering
Well, the Thanksgiving of yesteryear included a large gathering of nuclear, immediate, and extended families at my parents' home which we affectionately refer to as 'headquarters.' Last year, on Thanksgiving, I recall my children being exceptionally excited to get to 'headquarters' with me in tow and flare free. Sometimes, the more flustered, rushed, and anxious I get, MS will rear its ugly head in one way or another. At any rate, the kids, my J's, helped me get cleaned up, dressed, adorned with accessories, transferred in the car and to my parents with no muss and fuss.
MS gave me the day off
And it didn't stop with that. While there, the only concern I had was loving on my parents before getting my wheelchair into the kitchen to congregate with my sisters, giving and receiving all the love and affection I could from my nieces and nephews, and enjoying all the delicious foods Mommy had prepared. And MS actually gave me the day off - no flares. Thanksgiving was a hit and it was time to look forward to the following month where we'd meet again in the same manner for Christmas - happily together and content.
This year looks different
And now we're in 2020. The year of COVID-19. The year a raging pandemic has changed our world so much as we know it as a means to safeguard our health. The year that, for those who comply with the warnings and avoid the risks of gatherings, Thanksgiving will certainly 'look' a bit different. As for my immediate family, for instance, our households will celebrate within our individual nuclear homes this year. We'll possibly Zoom with family for face-to-face, albeit not physical, fellowship.
I still have things to be thankful for
Certain things, however, will remain the same for me.. There will still be a nice array of foods to fulfill my hearty Thanksgiving appetite. And there will definitely be a myriad of things I am thankful for and that bring me joy - my children, family, Bailee (my pet Chihuahua), my home, the abilities I still have that MS hasn't gotten to yet or may never (I'm an optimist!), health insurance, helpful assistive devices, etc., etc., etc. And I'll also be thankful if MS gives me the day off again this year! At any rate, a different Thanksgiving look is on the horizon for sure, but the great thing, the most important thing, is that there's still something(s) to give thanks for - despite the 'look.'
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