Why isn't it OK to jump off and explore the world without my family? Why did I feel like I was abandoning my post? My partner leaves once or twice a year, for a week or two, and no one even remarks on it. It's culturally acceptable for him to leave.
Thanksgiving is a joyous occasion, full of laughter and cranberry sauce...once we get there. The getting-there part is usually not so fun, full of stress and traffic, which can put a damper in the joy of the holiday.
If we can't trust ourselves, if we don't hone our ears to hear our inner warnings, then we can end up acting out of social responsibility or just rote memorization, trapped in a routine that is not serving us
Wouldn't it be great if we looked at each others' spare-tires as signs of abundance and joy and, along the same vein, recognize that our friends who appear too thin may actually need extra moral support?