MacyThis was a great Thanksgiving. For the first time in more than two decades, we were able to watch the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade live. Even when living in California, only bits and pieces made it to the west coast and usually those had been taped earlier due to the time difference. We watched it from beginning to end and enjoyed each minute.

Following the parade was another treat. The National Dog Show live from Philadelphia aired. We watched this from beginning to end rooting for various breeds. The Best of Show was one of Dog showour choices.

For dinner, we went to a local restaurant for ribs and chicken. Though we missed the camaraderie involved with having friends over for dinner, as our friend Kat reminded us, last year we were in Cypress with her. I used to mourn not having traditional Thanksgiving Nov 26 Dinnerdinners, but each year, that feeling fades into lighter shades of regret.

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.