Being an October baby with a birthday that always fell around the Thanksgiving weekend, as a child it was hard to plan an awesome birthday party with all of your friends because everyone was either busy or out of town. Although as a child your main focus is to have fun and open presents on your birthday, I grew a much larger appreciation for spending this time with my loving family. Who doesn’t want to spend their birthday evening half asleep on the couch after stuffing their face full of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes?! It is also a special time when it comes to desserts because not only do I get to enjoy delicious pumpkin pie, but my mom makes me my favorite cake in the whole world – carrot cake!

Even though it is a time for caring, it is also a time for poking-fun at each other and sharing some laughs. As for me, my family still does not understand some of my eating habits during Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t know what the big deal is, but I never use gravy on my turkey or mashed potatoes, or anything for that matter. EVER. All I hear is “how can you eat that without gravy?!” and “isn’t that super dry?!”. However, it doesn’t stop there. It was only last year that I acquired a taste for stuffing. I will let that sink in for a minute…for years and years I wouldn’t touch stuffing. Although everyone in my family was surprised by this and called me weird because of how amazing it is, nobody really complained because all it meant was there was more for everyone else.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving this upcoming long weekend. Don’t eat too much Turkey!

Daniel B – Gemini

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