November 2020 – Exclamation Points!

Thankfully, Life Truly Does Go On –

Patti and Tim at the Kaminski family pre-pandemic Thanksgiving 2019 in New York City at Harry Potter on Broadway.

The world “thankful” has taken on a whole new meaning this year.  Sure, I have expressed sincere gratitude throughout my life being thankful for so many things, but, I didn’t know what I didn’t know.  I didn’t know that our entire way of life could change in an instant.  I didn’t know that friends and peers would become incredibly ill and some die from a flu-like virus.  I didn’t know that our economy could be decimated in a heartbeat.    

This year has given us a hard lesson to learn, an insidious pill to swallow.  And it’s lasted forever. But life truly does go on.  In our cover story, Houston Methodist Sugar Land physicians urge us to seek preventative treatment in our lives, regardless of the pandemic. They stress that we should not forego taking care of ourselves, especially when it comes to cancer screenings.  Because of COVID, cancer screenings have come to a screeching halt, and that’s not good.  One of the most powerful tools in fighting cancer is early detection, and it’s vitally important – COVID or no COVID – because life truly does go on.

Kassidi and Kolton Kaminski.

Because of the pandemic, holidays will look a little different this year, but we will still have them.  Travel, large gatherings, holiday traditions – they all may be a bit unconventional.  But the staples – the core values – remain the same:  family, faith and feasts.  In ’Tis the Season, we share some holiday ideas that will help keep your Thanksgiving festive and fun, because remember, life truly does go on.

As we celebrate the season of gratitude, I encourage us all to focus on the positive – on what we do have.  Get out the holiday décor, dust off the fine china and celebrate your blessings as “normal” as possible.  Rose Kennedy said, “I’m like old wine. They don’t bring me out very often, but I’m well-preserved.”  Our holidays live in our hearts along with our family and our faith, so do as Ms. Kennedy said and take them out for everyone to enjoy, because life truly does go on.

Wishing you and your family many blessings this Thanksgiving,