I love Thanksgiving. Since I was a little kid, the Parade meant everything to me. It was a time we would all sit and watch, we would see my mom’s beloved Rockettes and Santa would end the parade to begin the Christmas season. Much food, fun, and football. Always loved Thanksgiving.
It was a dream come true when I became one of the ‘Chief Balloonists’ for the Macy’s Day Parade. I was called a ‘Pilot’ and, for years, I was in a dream volunteer position. Guiding one of those huge landmarks down Broadway in NYC each and every year. Millions of kids along the parade route with eyes as round as Pumpkin Pie Plates. It was wonderful.
Thanksgiving is in November. Do not let slip by the fact that IT IS STILL Diabetes Awareness Month. I like that. When much of the world will mistake all there needs to be mistaken about eating, diabetes, and the holiday……..it allows me to take pause.
I have heard people say, “There is nothing good about diabetes.” I do not disagree. But during this Holiday of giving thanks, stop and realize how much you do have to be thankful for…….and when you are done, realize how much you have to be thankful for in this diabetes world.
The people who have come across your path, the medical professionals who care so much; the school nurses, the relatives who DO GET IT, the Diabetes Community, the scientists and researchers, the sales reps, the professionals from the organizations of which you are involved, and so many other people…..all involved because they care.
And. They. Do. Care.
So when you bow your head to give thanks this year, and as you sit with those you love, remember the so many people who are involved in your life because diabetes bought you together. No there is nothing good about diabetes but certainly good can come out of a situation if you look for it. Look for it. And also give thanks for them because they are all there for you.
……….now, how to make a blue turkey……….hmmmmmmmm?
I am a diabetes dad.
Please visit my Diabetes Dad FB Page and hit ‘like’.