Amanda Cade

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It’s Thanksgiving week here in the United States, and because it’s 2020, many of us are planning for celebrations that will look very different than in years past. My family, for example, will be eating in separate houses with Zoom running, then meeting up in my sister’s backyard to have a socially distanced dessert (made possible by her firepit and a couple of portable heaters). Then we’ll mask up for a little more conversation.

It isn’t how we would have wanted things, of course, but with Covid cases rising and the CDC issuing holiday warnings, we’ve decided to make sure we protect something we’re all very thankful for: our continued health.

In this difficult year, it can be hard to find gratitude, but I hope that all of you are actively seeking it. While the “new normal” is definitely getting old, and we’ve all missed out on a lot of things, I’m focusing on what I have and what is really important. I’m grateful to be employed, to be safe, to be able to stay connected to friends and family, and to have had an unexpected opportunity to really examine my life and my priorities.

I’m also grateful for resilience, support, and the knowledge that, as my mother so eloquently put it, “We’ll all come out the other side, and when we do, we’ll have a new appreciation for so many things we might have taken for granted before.”

Be positive, be well, and be thankful.

What are you thankful for this year?

15 thoughts on “Thanksgiving 2020

  1. kagould17 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving week Amanda. I love your solution to the family get together. I hope you enjoy this family time and all give gratitude for being able to get together. It is not the problems that define us, it is how we handle those problems. Stay well, live, love, laugh and stay strong. Allan

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you, Allan. We spent a lot of time figuring out the best way to organize Thanksgiving, and I think it’s going to be very different, but still fun. I love your take on problems-I might have to steal that line. 🙂

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  2. Jennie says:

    Lovely, Amanda. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      And to you as well! I hope you enjoy your break this week, as I’m sure that you and your colleagues really need it.

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      1. Jennie says:

        Indeed! Three whole days off is a treat.

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  3. I’m thankful for the family under one roof that I will be spending Thanksgiving with. Happy Thanksgiving Amanda!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving week from across the water! I’m having this same debate with family regarding Christmas. The UK is in its second lock down, we are all preparing to spend Christmas seperaley, but similar to you and your family, will be having zoom and WhatsApp video calls and possibly a social distancing walk if the weather’s dry Xxx

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      This holiday season won’t be how we wish it could, but we’ll get through it. I love that so many people are making plans to celebrate as best they can while staying safe.

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      1. Yes agreed, still in the spirit! X

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you! I hope you’re having a great week. 🙂

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  6. Hi Amanda, I’m thankful, as I approach 74, that I and my family are healthy. Stay well and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Have a great day, Dennis!

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