A Quiet Thanksgiving.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

A Quiet Thanksgiving by Richard WeisserThis year Thanksgiving will be quite different at our house. Following an ever growing and somewhat unsettling trend the retail store where my wife works will be open on Thanksgiving.

And so for her it’s just another work day.

We no longer have any family members that live within 500 miles of us. For the first time in many, many years I will not be cooking a Thanksgiving feast.

Of course, I have been invited to join friends in their celebrations. There is comfort in having good friends that look out for you. I plan on taking full advantage of their kindness. But it’s not the same as Thanksgiving at home.

When I was a young lad growing up in Western Pennsylvania, it was not uncommon for thirty or forty relatives and family friends to gather at our modest home. Every room was packed with people, and the noise only diminished from a din during the recitation of Grace.

For some reason, I always enjoyed the cacophony of sounds reverberating throughout the house.

Nowadays, the silence is deafening..

But I have more time to mediate and reflect. And I have an awful lot to be thankful for.


And I am truly grateful for all of the blessings that I have!

Comments (12)

June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Realty - Columbia, MD
Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership

It's a shame your wife has to work tomorrow.  Ihope you have a wonderful day. 

Nov 26, 2014 12:44 PM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

It is a shame your wife has to work. I know what you mean, the large family gatherings are quite memorable.

Nov 26, 2014 12:53 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Richard, our family is in other states. However, our college kids are home and we'll be having a small but Happy Thanksgiving at home. Many blessings!

Nov 26, 2014 12:55 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Richard Weisser - with my son who moved out and daughter in India, this will be first Thanksgiving without them - although we do not celebrate The Thanksgiving traditional way.

Nov 26, 2014 12:56 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I don't like seeing retail taking over this day at all.... Just came back from one store that starts black Friday sale at 5pm tomorrow. Best (to) Buy somewhere else, I think.

Nov 26, 2014 12:57 PM
Beth and Richard Witt
New York, NY
The best Retired Brokers !!!!

So many have to work on Thanksgiving... we have many family members that like your wife will be working today, they are  in the medical field, doctors, nurses and then also the police force and firemen... so we all need to give special thanks to them for keeping us safe and comfortable as we enjoy our holidays.... I hope you and your wife will make time for a special Thanksgiving celebration and I am happy that you have friends to share the day with and I totally relate to the good old days when the house was packed with those we loved.... Have a Happy Day Richard...

Nov 26, 2014 07:30 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Richard, we have room at our table, come on down!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Nov 26, 2014 09:30 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Richard. Different is OK too. I hope you enjoy your day more than you expect too.

Nov 26, 2014 10:22 PM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

When I was growing up in Michigan it was commonplace to have 30-40 relatives together around Thanksgiving. Kids running around and screaming, adults yelling at the football on tv, mass chaos everywhere. There is a certain solidarity that comes from that chaos though and I can see how you would miss it. I hope you still have a great Thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2014 11:39 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I agree that retail opening is mostly stupid.  I say "mostly" because I've always been thankful that one or two places opened that sold things that Abigail and Donald might have found themselves in need of no matter how well they planned.  One year Abigail really needed some clean socks, but nope, none were to be had.  She'd had a particularly busy holiday and been through her two spear pair. Donald has had to work holidays all his adult life, and Abigail for the past 5 years.  We had our "feast" yesterday.  It's a quiet Thanksgiving at my house sometimes too.  

Nov 27, 2014 01:18 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE had a small group of 10 and I was glad to have some peace and quiet when they all left.

Sadly...I undestand the having to work on the holiday.  When I worked corrections...I worked almost every holiday.

Nov 27, 2014 10:02 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I was a guest at one of those Thanksgiving feasts.  I think there were 28 people.  Still, it felt odd not having my Mom or brother there.  Mom declared she wasn't up to it and my brother has obligations with his girlfriend's family.

Nov 29, 2014 09:36 AM