Thanksgiving with my husband’s family was a little different this year.
There were fewer faces around the table and that table was sitting in a house that was slowly being emptied.
It has been a year of change and transitions which included a cancer diagnosis for Jan’s dad and several rounds of chemo.
And in just a few weeks, Jan’s parents will be moving out of their large four bedroom family home into a senior living apartment.
There has been a lot of cleaning and sorting and giving away.
Several rooms sit almost empty. Others have furniture noticeably missing.
But the dining room table was still there. And the fine china wasn’t packed. So Jan’s mom borrowed my roaster and did the turkey while the kids and I made sides and desserts.
We enjoyed one last Thanksgiving in the family home, just them and us and a couple of close friends.
It was one short day. No overnight. No extended family.
But we missed them.
There was no coffee run and Black Friday shopping. No late night Clue Game and pumpkin pie. No grand kids sprawled all over the family room.
And I missed spending time with my sisters-in-law; gals who are related only by marriage but have become some of my dearest friends. Bonded together by years of late night talks in one of the bedrooms upstairs.
It was a different Thanksgiving. Quieter. Shorter.
There were a few tears. But there was also laughter.
We’ll get his parents settled in the new apartment in the new few weeks and then we’ll find some new traditions.
It will be different.
But in the end, it’s not the place, but the people that matter.
And for them, I am very thankful.