So… Here we are, Thanksgiving morning, and I’ve spent 2 hours making a 30 minute Fruit Salad! Holy Crap! I only can hope it TASTES better than a Costco Fruit Salad I coulda’ bought for about – 8 Bucks. I figure, with Time & Materials, given that I routinely bill $125. / Hour for my time, I have roughly $312.65 into THIS bad boy! So, the Bar is set kinda’ high on this one!! Costco is sounding better all the time- except that NOW I’m all done, so at this point, it’s “over the River and through the Woods to Grandmother’s House we go” – with the World’s most expensive Fruit Salad in tow- of course! We arrived at “Grandma’s” (aka- “Mom’s”) house and not only is our Race Crew Mom/ Crew Cook able to wonderfully Feed and Hydrate our Race Team Event after Event – BUT, having owned her own Florist Shop for several years, she’s also VERY good at making our Holiday Tables look AMAZING!!
So, after my “Over the River and Through the Woods” Trek to get here, I walked in a bit frustrated and perplexed at how in the WORLD Costco (& others like them) can make stuff SO cheap when mine was SO much work and MUST be the equivalent Value of the Gross National Product of any Small Third World Country!! Glad we’re not trying to SELL this darn thing for a living!! We’d end up with very skinny children!!! So- a bit frustrated, I walked into a Norman Rockwell scene of serenity and peace here at my Mom’s house- full of traditions I’ve grown up with- from the Montgomery Wards China set my Father bought for my Mother when I was a small boy that we will be using today, along with the Silver Serving set we get to use- also a gift from my Dad to my Mom many, many years ago. We will be enjoying these and many more traditions my Mother has maintained that mean so much to me today. Mostly, it’s that we get to be together, spending time together with those we Love the most. Those who Love us- no matter what & whom I Love – no matter what!
So, I pray that you too get to be surrounded by traditions that are meaningful to you this Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend, but mostly that you will have at least one to be with that Loves you unconditionally – and whom you Love the same. If not, may I encourage you to be bold and to pick up the Phone and reach out to someone you may not have connected with in a long time? We can build more Race Cars- we CANNOT build another YOU! As long as there is Life- There is Hope! Relationships are what matter. Thankful for You this Thanksgiving Day!
Good Friends & Good Times at 260 MPH!!