Over time, and as individual families began to grow, our Thanksgiving celebrations began to change. The number of chairs around the table stayed the same, but the faces were different. I grew up in a restaurant family and there were times when our employees found themselves alone on the holidays. Whenever circumstances created an empty seat at our family table, it was quickly filled by members of our extended restaurant and community family.
To me, that is what Thanksgiving is all about. It is the opportunity to come together with family and friends to share joy and give thanks.
When I sit down to Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow, surrounded by my family and those “orphan” friends who have found their way to our table, I will give thanks for my year as president of CSAC. I count among my blessings the many things I have learned, the incredible support of this amazing association and the many strong friendships I have made among my colleagues from all over the state.