I’m thankful for…
…my family and friends, new and old.
We’ve been having Thanksgiving dinner at Camp Chingachgook on Lake George, NY now for several years. It used to be a shared holiday at home with our long-time family friend Bernice. My mother would host one year, and Bernice the next. This tradition started in the ‘70’s when we were all still kids. In recent years, it’s become difficult for my mother to host. It can be a lot of exhausting work, and I had no desire to take over such an enormous and important responsibility. So one year, we all decided to try something new and have dinner at Camp C. We loved it so much that we scraped cooking at home for good on Thanksgiving Day.
Today, a slew of us will gather at camp a few hours before dinner. We’ll hike up to First Lookout and admire the views of the Lake, and head back down to meet the rest of our crew for dinner. My cousin Maria will join us for the hike as she has in the past. She can’t stay for dinner, but these little reunions with her are special. We were close with her family growing up. Time, space, and different directions have separated us for years, but we’ve never lost our connection or important family tie.
We have a new friend named Melissa who will be joining us. None of us have met her yet, but a friend hooked us up and we’re so happy she can spend this special holiday with us. And, for the first year, a wonderful and lively bunch of sibling-in-laws, niece and nephews, and friends will join us.
There’s a thread of excitement building this fine morning. We have much to be thankful for.
Wishing everyone a special, peaceful, and memorable Thanksgiving!
Memories from last year’s Thanksgiving at Camp C.