Thanksgiving is difficult. Rising up earlier than my consuming dysfunction, Thanksgiving was a time when my prolonged household got here collectively at my wealthy uncle’s home. Us children all snacked on appetizers and watched Indiana Jones films within the basement till dinner was prepared. I then stuffed myself to uncomfortable fullness and inevitably handed out on the sofa in entrance of the hearth watching soccer whereas my physique digested the huge meal I’d simply eaten. Now, as a grown up who has recovered from an consuming dysfunction and moved away from my hometown, I’ve differing political views from that wealthy uncle (and a variety of my prolonged household), a hesitency in direction of celebrating a vacation that stems from the homicide and colonalization of Native Individuals by Europeans (my household is white), and a robust aversion to all issues weight-reduction plan tradition (which will be incidious at household gatherings that revolve round a giant feast). However, I additionally acknowledge how helpful coming along with household – whether or not organic, chosen, or a bunch of mates – will be, and I do know that people can’t at all times decide out of household gatherings.
Like I stated, Thanksgiving is difficult.