Warrior Words: Ready, set, Thanksgiving!

OK, it’s time to mentally prepare. Two weeks from now you will be experiencing the greatest holiday of them all: Thanksgiving. I mean, that may just be my opinion, but there must be some scientific study somewhere that backs me up. So, there you go. I love Thanksgiving because, of course, the food is absolutely amazing and the reunion with my relatives is always sure to result in a ton of laughter, but also because Thanksgiving has no religious affiliation. So, no matter who you are, Thanksgiving is on your agenda! The whole country likes to give a shout out to the Pilgrims and the Native Americans for making peace over such a delicious meal.

Turkeys beware: It’s November. Nothing personal, but you’re pretty much essential to the holiday. Let’s talk food. Everyone can relate to the moment that the turkey is pulled out of the oven and in your head you just say “aw, yeah.” Not to mention, when it is put on the table, it just looks like such a picturesque Thanksgiving meal. Put that turkey next to some fluffy, white mashed potatoes, some cranberry sauce, biscuits, and, most importantly, stuffing, and you’ve got yourself basically a work of art. Nothing is better than sitting down at the table and seeing such an array of iconic foods waiting to be devoured. Wait, scratch that. The Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches the next day are absolutely better.

In conjuring up the picture of the Thanksgiving table in my mind (and maybe drooling a little? I’ll never tell), I forgot to add the most important part: my family. I come from a big Italian family, so our “table” is always actually a bunch of smaller tables put together. The meal brings everyone together: my aunts and grandma out of the kitchen, my uncles off the front porch where they puff on their cigars, my little cousins from the basement, and the remnants of the crew from the densely populated living room. Sitting at a table with your extended family creates an intimate feel that really only Thanksgiving has due to the fact that the “main attraction” is the meal. I’m sure everyone knows that strong family connection you feel when you sit a Thanksgiving table. There’s nothing quite like it.

OK, OK, I know what you’re thinking: This girl has got it all wrong — Thanksgiving isn’t all about the meal, it’s about being thankful — and that is absolutely true. Thanksgiving is truly a holiday about giving thanks for all the things and aspects in life that you feel fortunate to have. If anything, this makes the holiday even better: you are now reminded of all the wonderful things in your life! The meal is simply a delicious and amazing addition to the day. The Pilgrims and the Native Americans knew what was up: they reminded us to take the time to be gracious — something people should definitely do more often. So, everyone, tune in those TVs to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, eat some delicious food, spend some quality time with your family, and make sure you give out many thanks.

Jackie Cooke is a senior at Wilton High School. She shares this column with four classmates.