Thanksgiving

Being an even-numbered year, this Thanksgiving weekend was supposed to be a Logan family reunion, when we gather together and play games, make puzzles, and go on hikes. We share delicious food and our lives. We talk about what’s happened over the past two years and make predictions for the next couple.

This year, we didn’t meet. And none of us had 2020 in our predictions.

Instead, we stayed with our individual families, still thankful for those in our lives and the good that has happened.

  • My family. You’re the best!
  • My friends. As one said this morning, “You kept me sane this year.” Likewise.
  • Health. It’s been “interesting” but as brother Bob says, “Every day above ground is a good day.” My condolences to those who have lost someone dear.
  • Modern medicine. Had we lived at any time much earlier than now… ’nuff said. And that goes for more than just this year.
  • Pets. Ours are amateur therapy animals. I love a dog or cat flopped hard against me. And the grins that come from both ends of the leash make it easy to ignore the weather.
  • Social media. I’ve enjoyed looking at what my friends and family have posted today. It’s not the same as being there, or even being on the phone/Zoom, but it’s nice.
  • The internet and music. Without these, I don’t think surviving 2020 would have been possible.
  • Voters. I’m thankful for all 154,000,000 or so that participated in our great experiment. I’m hopeful for the coming years. Let’s work together.

This is just a partial list, both in (1) who and what is included and (2) why.

Have you considered why you could be thankful?

Logan Family Reunion, 2018

Another couple of years, another Logan family reunion. Our reunion has changed over the years as one generation takes the place of the prior one and the age distribution changes.1This year, another generation took over planning the next reunion. I’m looking forward to the changes and returning to some of the things that made prior reunions fun and meaningful.

This reunion was not as well attended as some before. Some family members had other places they needed or wanted to be. We miss those who could not attend. And we were thankful that those near this year’s wildfires were able to join us.

The rain kept us indoors and together. Puzzles, games,2Including Pokemon Go! Not only was the wifi much improved, but the Meadow Lodge is a Pokestop. and meals kept us talking. Willy continued his tradition of reviewing the prior reunion’s predictions and collecting new ones.3I was one for two. I wonder how my two new predictions will fare.

On the final day, my immediate family packed up, took some pictures,4Of ourselves, and of the new deck. Looking forward to a year where it’s not so wet and we can spend some time outdoors on it. and left.

We’re already looking forward to our next reunion.

Logan family reunion, 2016

Continuing my trend, I took a bunch of pictures at the biennial Logan family reunion, but none include anyone recognizable.1I’m sure one unnamed person appreciates this? ;-) ;-)

We had a great time, talking, getting caught up, cooking and eating, meeting, and playing games. Some of us held snakes.2Not in a Mark 16:18 sense, but because boas and pythons are cool. Many of us spent virtually no time online as there was no cell service and wifi only in the lodge.3Which is not the building we spent our time, and when we did, service was slow and Pok?mon Go unresponsive.

We were blessed with snow Saturday afternoon and then Saturday night, maybe six inches total. Certainly enough to make it tough to get outta town without help from the plow, and perfect for taking pictures.

With the help of Google Photos, I made a couple of animations.

I hope you also had a blessed Thanksgiving season.

Thanksgiving Pi-ku

Traveling
to
meet each other,


Thanksgiving
is
reunion time.


Together
we
talk, eat, and play,


Refreshing
our
relationships.


Heading home
yet
looking forward.


Another
meet
is coming soon.


Family
makes
my heart grateful!


--Brent Logan (2014)

I Recommend: A Reunion Bibliography

Every other Thanksgiving weekend, the Logan clan gets together to eat and talk, talk and eat. I’m not sure which we do more. It doesn’t really matter: we love both.

We talk about everything, including religion and politics — even church politics. It can get interesting because we don’t agree on much everything. Hopefully, we do it without offending each other. (If I offended you this last weekend, please accept my apologies…)

As part of our discussions, I recommended quite a few books, web sites, and videos. Rather than send individual e-mails to remind those I talked to, I’m writing this post, sharing it on Facebook, and tagging those involved.

Logan Family Reunion 2010

Every other Thanksgiving weekend, our Logan clan gets together for a family reunion. This time, we had 58 Logans (and honorary Logans) in one place.

Here are just a few of the reasons I’m thankful. I hope your Thanksgiving was as blessed as ours. :-)