On Wednesday my family had a chance to host a pre-Thanksgiving dinner. Today, we will watch the parade, some football and will enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with some friends. Then Friday and Saturday, we enjoy some leftovers and then enter Sunday with a Brunch. Clearly, I am off to a heavy eating holiday season.
My family went to visit some residents at Carondelet Manor, a skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center which is affiliated with St. Joseph Medical Center. Our kids are all set for the entertainment and will visit residents who are not with their family this year - our kids read, and performed a magic show.
I understand that there are 3 million watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade live in New York and 40+ million watching on television. While millions of people are off today, there are millions still working to provide for our safety, health and entertainment. Who is still working today and what is still open: Our soldiers overseas, restaurants, coffee shops, movie theaters, the police, fitness centers, 6 professional football teams, our hospitals and healthcare organizations and many more.
It is easy to take for granted that everything must be 'closed' on Thanksgiving so we could spend time with friends and family. For us to do that, it takes just as many to make sure that our key services which support our safety, health and entertainment are still 'open' for business.
There are so many things I am thankful for this year...my family, health, friends, colleagues, St. Joseph Medical Center & Carondelet Health and much more.
Please make sure to extend a thank you to those who allowed you to spend some time with family, friends or just some time needed for you.
I look forward to hearing from you.