For eleven years I made Thanksgiving for 45 people. This included 6 pounds of chopped liver (ok, so we like to have a little left over…) 5 pounds of grapes, 4 chocolate cakes and fruit pies, 3 turkeys, 2 enormous trays of mashed potatoes, and 1 very, very busy but happy me.
Both sides of the family came from DC, Philly, Boston, Manhattan and Queens and our little New Rochelle house rocked.
I guess I’m allowing myself to look back at it this year because for the first time I don’t feel the guilt or the pull anymore about that time in my life.
I—and we all—have moved on.
Today I was a guest at my fabulous “little” sister’s—the same one I used to put on the back of my bicycle and take to the playground when I was 15 and she was 2.
The dinner was yummy and elegant and our baby twins (dressed like Thing 1 and Thing 2) played non-stop with their big cousins Sarah, 6, and Goldie, 3.
I am thankful for the human ability to move on.
I am thankful for my 4 children—and for the 2 step-children I will get to
see as soon as their mother learns how to move on.
I am thankful that I still have healthy parents and fantabulous sisters,
and that we are a close family.
I am thankful to my best friend Sruli who lets me touch him whenever I want.
I am thankful for my energy, even if I am not so thrilled with my appetites.
I am thankful that I circulate within a world-class group of true artists
and thinkers and kindhearted friends.
I am thankful that I have enough income to live in a nice house with 2 cars,
a full closet, a full freezer and a full liquor cabinet.
I am thankful for the hundreds of Bar and Bat Mitzvah Moms and Dads, the Brides and Grooms, Rabbis, Cantors, Ministers and program directors who put their musical and life-cycle trust in me and my band.
I am thankful to the State of New Jersey for being more fun than the State of New York even though New York is cooler.
I am grateful to the Obamas for really really trying.
I am thankful that I am in a country where I can truly change things about my life that aren’t working, whether it be a marriage, a business or a philosophy, and so can you.
I am thankful for each new day—and each yesterday.