When I was a kid I used to get up long before I had to leave for school to watch the Today Show with my mom. We’d make breakfast and then climb the stairs to the sitting area of her room and greet the day with Katie Couric and Bryant Gumble.
In the evenings, when we weren’t running to one of my activities, I could watch an hour of TV that I chose. Mum and I would cuddle up on the couch and watch whatever I was subjecting her too, sometimes she let me stay and watch some of her shows too. Sometimes we’d play cards as we watched, other times we’d dig into huge bowls of clementine’s. Sometimes mum would work at her desk and I’d ask for things to iron, doesn’t every kid love to iron?
I remember being so upset when The Cosby Show and Who’s the Boss went off the air. I was too young to understand actors can move onto other projects. As my love for figure skating developed I commandeered the TV during skating events, jumping with joy when my favourites did well and sobbing when things went wrong – my idol was Josée Chouinard, there was a lot of both emotion.
Over the years I moved on from Today’s Special, Golden Girls and Who’s the Boss to 90210, Gilmore Girls and Friends. But whatever was on the tube, the best part wasn’t scripted – it was the cuddles, conversations and time mum and I spent together.
All that to say if you’re one of my U.S. friends celebrating Thanksgiving today, I hope you have a holiday filled with loved ones – time together that will turn into great memories and perfectly sized bread cubes of course.
If you’re not celebrating fakes-giving, real Thanksgiving is in October after all, I hope you’re having a great Thursday ;-)