Hello and welcome to my home,
Don’t mind the dog or the chaos my daughters create. Take a seat at the table and get ready to enjoy a great meal. I love Thanksgiving and am so happy to share this one with you. In our house Thanksgiving is unique. As the years have past we are a smaller group but we have kept certain traditions. Our pilgrims are partially Cuban and our turkey will have sides of black beans, rice, yuca, sweet potatoes, plantains and stuffing. The stuffing is made following my mom’s recipe and we keep multiple copies of the recipe on hand because just like some life events are officials until they are Facebook official, thanksgiving at my house isn’t official until my mom’s stuffing is on the table.
As you fill your belly with food and my kids ask you a million questions know that in my home you are part of the family. This life is too short and too crazy to not try to choose love and happiness every chance you get. I am proud that you have chosen to be true to yourself and know that while they may not fully understand yet, my girls look up to you because you are being yourself.
Every opportunity I get I tell them to be the best them that they can be and I want to share that sentiment with you. You are who you are and that alone makes you worthy of love and respect. Know in your heart of hearts that there is value in being true to yourself.
While your stop in my home will be brief know that as you travel your journey I will think of you and hope you are happy, safe and loved. The world is a better place because you are here and don’t forget this for a second.
As the evening winds down and now the little ones start to fade, I will make sure that you have a proper Cuban coffee and some sweets. Thanksgiving is usually finished with a serving or two of pumpkin pie and flan. The adults may be a little giddy from too much food or too much wine, but know that you are in welcome and joyful company. Always know that you belong here and that there will be a smile to greet you at the door and some food waiting at the table.
All the best,