A reason for thanks

Nov. 26, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

I have never been a holiday person.

Even my wife of just four months knows this to be true.

In all my years, I would rather be working than partaking in holiday festivities.

Whether it was Thanksgiving or Christmas, I usually tried to find a way to work or do something else to occupy my time.

It's not because I am a Scrooge or anything like that. It's mainly because the holidays mean more work and less time for other things. Couple that with the fact I have never really had a family at home to celebrate with.

This year, however, that is going to change.

With marriage came the addition of not only a wife and her family, but three boys.

You have read some of my calamities with regards to them but I wouldn't trade any of them for the world.

My wife takes the holidays to a whole new level.

We put up our Christmas tree two weeks before Thanksgiving and decided to start working on the outside of the house this past weekend.

All I could do was shake my head in disbelief. More because it was all new to me and less about the timeframe of which we were handling our Christmas decorations.

She was bound and determined to have our house decorated before Forest City conducted its annual lighting downtown on Thursday.

While that's probably not going to happen, it did get me thinking.

I figured that just because I really haven't taken to the holiday spirit doesn't mean I should sit out because my new family has it like a virus.

The boys are excited about getting to spend Thanksgiving at home and anxiously presenting their Christmas want list — which changes by the day.

My wife eagerly anticipates my arrival home from work so she can show me the latest idea she has for decorating the house or some other form of decorating.

I may scoff and groan about it at first but I sit back and realize just how thankful I am to have all four of them in my life.

Under different circumstances, I would be volunteering to work and spending those holiday days doing my job. That's what I've always done and I have been comfortable with that.

This year will be different.

While I will be working on Thanksgiving, I can assure you I will be counting the minutes before I can come home and celebrate the day with my new family.

We will take part in the Forest City Christmas lighting that night and while I will have my camera with me taking pictures, it will be with my family.

I suppose I have quite a lot to be thankful for.

I could make a list but I'll just keep it to myself for the time being.

However, the one thing I am thankful for that I won't keep to myself is my family.

Amanda and the boys have been a signal of hope for this wayward journalist. They have shown me the ups and downs of parenthood and have been a joy since the first day.

While there are toils and troubles associated with family, honestly, I wouldn't trade mine for the world.

I guess it's never too late to change from being a holiday Scrooge to a person ready to spend those holidays with family.

With that, I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.


Matthew Clark is the editor of The Daily Courier. He can be reached at mclark@thedigitalcourier.com. Follow him on Twitter @TDCMatt