“So, are you opening anything special for Thanksgiving?”

chin-chinLast night, a Facebook friend and fellow wine blogger asked me, “So, are you opening anything special for Thanksgiving?” Here is what I wrote in response:

Life is quite strange sometimes. The short answer is, Yes and No. The long answer is as follows.

My ex-husband recently married a Jehovah’s Witness, which means they do not celebrate birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc.

He has become somewhat estranged from his mother, who is, of course, my former mother-in-law. She is 80 years old.

Through our two children, I learned that she was feeling bereft due to the lack of celebrations, and on the occasion of my son’s 13th birthday in September, I felt compassion for her, called her, and invited her to meet us for dinner to celebrate. She did, and it was definitely the right thing to do.

So I again invited her to join us for Thanksgiving. We are going to a restaurant for our mid-afternoon supper (her request), and going to her house for dessert, wine, and Scrabble afterwards (again her request).

Her favorite wine is white Zinfandel. So that is what we will be drinking tomorrow. Is it special? Yes and no!

I hope you slept in. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving and drink whatever you want with the people you call “family and friends.” Today I’m grateful for the relationships that have transcended circumstances and remain intact and meaningful anyway.

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