Yes, I am well aware that today is Thanksgiving. How could I not be with all of the Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, Twitter, and text reminders. It seems everyone I know is getting together with friends and family wherever they are to celebrate life and to give thanks. Thanksgiving is a holiday that always seems to bring people together.
Initially I was planning on making my Thanksgiving day blog post about how Thanksgiving came to be, and what we are celebrating. I will VERY quickly summarize what I was planning on creating a whole post about: President Lincon proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens". That is just a very short summary of a much longer answer that I found on Wikipedia, (Much more information can be found on THIS LINK). There you have it, that is why we celebrate Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving this year was absolutely ordinary for me. By ordinary I mean, an absolute ordinary day, a ordinary 'the boys are on a road-trip' day. Yes, I spend the majority of the day alone (with Raylan) and I am ok with it. We are planning on celebrating with some other teammates this weekend, when it fits into our hockey life schedule. The boys have been gone since monday morning and won't get back until the wee hours of tomorrow morning. In 'this hockey life' you get used to being alone, you get used to rearranging the dates of 'holidays', you get used to missing everything going on at home, and everyone that is far away. All of that might get to some people, and yeah sometimes it get the best of me, but today I am thankful. I am so thankful for 'this hockey life' and everything that comes along with it. Instead of listing specific things, I created a thankful circle of some things that mean a lot to me.
Today I stumbled upon an article written by a nurse in a hospital here in Lappeenranta. The article talks about how so many patients are fans of SaiPa hockey and they watch from the hospital rooms when they are unable to make it to the games. She also talks about the great joy going to the hockey games brings to so many people. She emphasizes how much the SaiPa hockey team means to so many people here and how it is such a big part of their lives. In the article she says that even when SaiPa is playing an away game, they are not alone because so many are watching from their TV's and cheering from home. This article meant a lot to me, because without the fans, there would be no SaiPa, the fans are what make it all possible. I am so grateful for the SaiPa hockey fans and the love that they show towards the boys whether they win or loose, home or away. It is so nice to know that it is more than just 'hockey' and that it makes people so happy and gives them something to look forward to and be excited about.
Thanksgiving isn't always about big things, but instead all of the little things that we might not think about every day. Year after year, on Thanksgiving I find myself beyond grateful for my health, and love. It really doesn't matter if I am here in Lappeenrata by myself, or back home with all my family and friends, I am so thankful for all of the wonderful parts of my life this Thanksgiving.
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
- W. T. Purkiser