Today I’m Thankful For…

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Happy Thanksgiving!  In some ways it doesn’t at all feel like Thanksgiving for us since we aren’t at home cooking and setting the table, but instead are bundling up like we are going on an Everest Expedition in order to go line up to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

Seeing the balloons get inflated last night

Seeing the balloons get inflated last night

While I am a bit sad about missing the traditional version of Thanksgiving this year, I can’t help but be beyond thankful for the doors that miles and points open.  I am so thankful that we can decide we want to see the big parade in person, and then actually make it happen without winning the lottery or going into debt.  I am thankful that my retired mostly fixed-income parents can do the same and enjoy these adventures with us.

I am thankful that my almost-five-year-old daughter can turn to me on the subway in NYC with a smirk and say that she is going to live here one day and actually know a bit about NYC as she says that.

After she said "I'm moving to NYC one day"

After she said “I’m moving to NYC one day”

I am thankful that this is a hobby that we can share with so many who understand exactly what it can do for their families, too.  Your dream may not be the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but instead hiking through some far away lands without another person in sight.  That’s just as doable.

Thank you for spending a small part of your day with us, for inspiring us, and for teaching us.  May your Thanksgiving be bountiful and rewarding wherever you may be.


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  1. Hi,

    My family is also visiting New York to see the parade today. I’m likewise very thankful that our free hotel at the Hyatt Times Square helped make this possible. I’m also very, very thankful that my husband and kids’ flight arrived on time at JFK last night despite the storm. An early Christmas present!

    Last night we ate at Blue Smoke, which gives kids cookies to decorate while waiting for their meal. It was a big hit, and the large portions helped moods after a long traveling day.

    I will keep an eye out for you this weekend so I can thank you for your many years of advice. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Obviously an intelligent and highly advanced child if she’s already planning to move to New York, but perhaps it would be well advised to show her more of the city than the Park Hyatt hotel (like the 180 square foot studio and fifty minute subway ride she’ll be able to afford when she does make the move)!

    • Larry, she’s seen more than the Park Hyatt and said this on a 30 minute subway ride and right before a long walk in cold rain. We don’t go to the city to stay in the hotel all day. 😉

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