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I have a joke during the first few days of the school year for fellow tired teachers and the occasional stressed out student: “How many more days till Thanksgiving break?” No one ever laughs; it’s apparently too painful. But deep in my heart I smile, because I know that time flies and before we know it we’re saying, “Can you believe it’s already November?” I also know that October stays warmer longer than anyone remembers, daylight savings takes some getting used to, and Christmas season is long enough without beginning it before Thanksgiving.

And I know that even if you’re not doing a holiday season show for hundreds of school children twice a day, this November break comes at just the right time. Our few days off this week have found us together again after a month apart, sharing meals, playing Hearts, sleeping in, reading, cleaning the house, walking the dog and sitting around the fire playing on various Apple devices. The night before Thanksgiving we ran into old Austin friends we hadn’t seen in 20 years, and I found myself awkwardly introducing them to Huck. To think he didn’t exist back then left me confused and frazzled for a minute there. Hasn’t he always been around? Does time literally fly? The next morning he and I half-watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade while I drank coffee, texted loved ones and skimmed through Better Homes and Gardens. I don’t understand my love for this tradition of bad lip sync, cheesy commentary and pictures of amazingly decorated homes, but I know that it always fills me with enough cozy relaxation to get me through another year. Or at least through next week’s 16 performances, which will all be over before I know it.

Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?

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Shauntsies

November 24th, 2017

Cozy McCozertons!! Love!!!

Aunt Jeni

November 24th, 2017

Delightful! And working on being in the moment as you have suggested…this Thanksgiving weather is alright!

Pappy T

November 25th, 2017

how many more days ’til christmas break?

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