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Thanks-saving

December 4, 2013

As we just passed Thanksgiving I am reminded that there are so many things I have to be thankful for in my life. One thing for sure, this year my dad got to spend Thanksgiving with us.

If you have been following Wise Wes for over a year now, you may remember his plans last year were to “go to work all night and then come home, curl up around a can of turkey tuna and cry himself to sleep.”

Always dramatic.

I got to spend the whole week of Thanksgiving with my Dad and I can probably tell you what he is most thankful for:

1. His wife

My dad told me the other night he was reminiscing about their relationship. He said he looked over at my mother and asked her, “So what do you think our secret is? 4 years of dating, 33 years of marriage–How have we lasted so long?” Expecting a Hallmark answer, but instead he got….

“Because I can’t fit you in a trash can.”

That’s true love people. My Dad told me he is thankful he doesn’t fit in a average 30 gallon trash bag.

He thought he would be able to frame what she was about to say…

but now he just has hopes to always exceed the size of your average trash bag.

2. His kids

I think my Dad lives in anxiety for when I come home. I called him to find out where he was when I walked in our house and he told me he was at Home Depot. I swear he goes there twice a week, just to see what’s going on.

Anyways, he went over via telephone the usual checklist for when I come home:

1. Do you have a key?  Every time. I feel like they are going to change the locks on me one day.

2. Recite the golden rule: Do not touch the thermostat unless you can see your breath. Amen.

3. The hanging up the phone ritual: “God Bless you and the work you do sister. Love you, Go Gators. Bye.” Sometimes he spices things up with “don’t drag your family name through the mud,” but he tries to just use that for big life moments like finals, graduations, etc.”

The biggest issue is that I am out of training on the light detail.

I know to turn off lights when I leave the house, but my dad is much more strict than that. It’s every time you leave a room. I was packing to leave and walked to the kitchen to grab something and when I got back the light was off. He literally turned off the light in the bathroom while I was brushing my teeth, because I was running water at the same time.

3.  Pumpkin Pie

I don’t know how many times he asked for pumpkin pie over the break. I’m pretty sure that’s what got him through the Thanksgiving season.

Because we all know what’s just around the corner. Christmas. Wes’ least favorite time of the year-lights are skyrocketing his electric bill, my mother is buying Christmas gifts for her hair dresser and we all want to turn the heat on, breaking the golden rule.

Pearl of Wisdom: Remember to be thankful for your loved ones, small trash bags and always have “punkin pie” on hand.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Karen permalink
    December 4, 2013 4:39 pm

    It was such a delight having uncle Wes at Thanksgiving this year!! You forgot the scene of him washing dishes with his “friend” 🙂 Can’t wait for Christmas!!!

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