Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to gather around the dinner table, express thankfulness and create new memories.
For most people.
Today, sitting here typing this at the dining room table, it’s just yours truly, my laptop and cell phone as I work on Friday’s edition of The Clarion.
And I am content with that.
Thanksgiving and really the whole month of November is when people often take to social media to express what they are most thankful for.
I do not partake in the “30 Days of Thankfulness” posts, as I feel like one should be thankful and grateful for every day we wake up, not just this month.
But with today being the biggest day of “thanks”, I feel compelled to share what I am most thankful for.
As cliche as it may sound, I am thankful for being in this position to write this column.
Yes, I am thankful for my job.
I am sure everyone is thankful for a job which provides for your family, no matter how big or small, but this is not just a “job” for me.
Actually, for the better part of the last 13 years while in this profession, I have never considered this as a job.
Except for those three weeks I stepped away from here in late August and early September, but we won’t discuss that.
Being in this position is my life.
It gives me life.
For those of you who know me outside without the camera, pen, paper, laptop and voice recorder, you probably know I do not have the greatest relationship with my family.
We will leave the last sentence at just that.
Tuesday night during the Princeton Community and Wood Memorial boys’ basketball game, I sent out a Snapchat to my friends saying “one game away from ‘kinda” two days off.”
The “kinda” was in reference to me still having to work a couple hours Wednesday and Thursday, albeit from the comfort of home.
But as I was driving down Interstate 69 on my way home after the game Tuesday night, it hit me that having nearly two days off isn’t all that it may have sounded 90 minutes earlier.
As I sift through social medial and see all the warm and fuzzy posts filled with friends and family, I look around and see none of that.
I did cook a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal big enough for a few other people, but hoping it will last a few days for leftovers.
Which brings me back to the point of today’s space.
I have never really gave much thought about self diagnosing myself with depression.
Probably because it never gets to the low point of what you hear from some people.
I have all of you to be thankful it does not get to that low of a point.
I cherish all of the interactions with the athletes, coaches, school administrators, parents, grandparents and just overall sports fans.
Whether it be during events, in interviews, being greeted walking in and out of venues or on social media, I cherish it all.
Even the ones who don’t appreciate the way I run the sports department, or just don’t understand the ins and outs of the job, I appreciate those critics as well.
It makes me appreciate all the good, even more.
And as much as I may complain, there’s a much greater helping of good than there is bad.
And for that, it makes the long hours and long weeks well worth it.
All of you also, make the lonely days feel less isolated.
Which makes this reporter much more thankful than you could possibly realize.
And for that, I say thanks!
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving weekend.
Travis David is the sports editor of the Daily Clarion and can be reached at 812-220-4843 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Tdavid_21.