We will be going to Schenectady, New York for the Thanksgiving holiday this year. I was born and raised there. My mom, daughter, brother, sister in law, a niece, two nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends etc. all live there. My husband and I moved away about 10 years ago.
This is Proctors Theatre.....I watched cartoons, my daughter graduate, plays, and Broadway musicals here.
For me...it is home. I understand my home is where I live but in my head Schenectady is MY HOME. I have good childhood memories there. Maybe a few bad ones too! It was the beginning of me. Over the years I have changed alot. I am not the same person who lived there ten years ago. My being has changed......transformed really.
As a child, Thanksgiving seemed to kick off the holiday season. My mom cooked for days... making a feast for the pilgrims at her table. The tablecloth got washed and pressed. The china, silver and crystal was cleaned and polished. We spend hours cleaning house and making pies. It was not fun! It was work!!!!!
As time moved on and I had a child I understood the meaning of why my mom did it. Traditions! So now, as I am making food to bring to Schenectady I think back, fondly, of our past Thanksgivings.
I love that I get to spend time with my family. I look forward to Black Friday shopping with my daughter and her boyfriend, to seeing my nephew who is attending John Hopkins, having coffee with my brother and sister in law, visiting with my youngest nephew and his sister. It is not a chore cooking...I am enjoying every minute of it.
This is our favorite Italian eatery!
This was taken last year...
Not too far is this Indian statue in the Stockade part of Schenectady.
Union has produced many graduates who had (and continue to have) distinguished careers in government and public service. John C. Spencer (1806), Secretary of War and Secretary of the Treasury; William H. Seward (1820), Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln, Governor of New York, and architect of the Alaska Purchase from Russia; Chester A. Arthur (1848), 21st President of the United States; and Neil Abercrombie (1959), United States Representative from Hawaii, are some of the alumni in this sphere.
A Song about Schenectady!
I Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. My Our Lord abundantly Bless each and every one of you. May He wrap His arms around your lives and fill it only as He can. May He bring Peace and Love into your homes during this holiday season. May He keep pursuing you until you are His. I ask this in His Holy Name! AMEN!
Blessings My Friends,