I delivered the last of our traveling children to the airport at 5am this morning. Thanksgiving comes and goes so fast, especially when so many of your favorite people in the world come and go along with the holiday weekend.
The reassembly of a loving family for the holidays is like throwing a bunch of colorful ingredients into a food processor and turning it on high, with the top off. It is very exciting and might be quite beautiful if you don't mind cleaning up the mess afterward.
We had a few messes over the last few days, but the overwhelming takeaway is that everyone works very hard together over the cleanup.
As long as we continue to hold this great depth of dedication and love that will not falter, as long as we keep working hard to listen with real attention and think hard about the changes in each other and in ourselves, then I think every gathering will leave us feeling as warm and beloved and fortunate (albeit weary) as we all do after this one.
Family takes a lot of work, but it's worth the trouble. Nothing else offers the same rewards.