“Thanksgiving really gives us the opportunity to think about what we are most thankful for in our lives. If I had to boil it down to one word, it would be “laughter”. At family thanksgiving dinners, laughter is the predominant sound; it always has been, even in my earliest childhood memories. There would be a couple dozen people broken into smaller pockets of conversation, blending generations and ideologies, all with the same fundamental goal, to enjoy each other’s company. Each group laughing as hard as the next no matter how the groups reshaped themselves throughout the day. It didn’t mean everything was alright but it meant everyone wanted to be happy.

I didn’t understand the true impact of these gatherings until the Thanksgiving right after my dad passed away, 15 years ago. We still gathered and we still laughed but we missed him laughing with us. I learned that laughter is how my family communicates, it’s the common bind within the family. It is also how we heal and how we cope. It gives us the strength to do what we need to do.

If you ever doubt the power of laughter, just watch what happens when a two-year old gets the giggles. That was my daughter Jessie’s trick when she was little. In a matter of minutes, she could get a room full of adults laughing so hard they have tears in their eyes.”

Garth J – Triovest


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