Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope your day was filled with food and family and good cheer! We had the food part for sure, and it was fantastic. But, there was an Oregano not here and I have been distracted by her absence. She wasn’t at our table, wasn’t in our city, wasn’t even in the same state. She was on a Thanksgiving dinner cruise with…the band. And I’m sort of scratching my head and wondering over how we got to this moment.

You see, my oldest Oregano child just started high school as a freshman, and chose to play in the marching band. The main reason she picked marching band was to get out physical education. (In our school district, you can earn P.E. credit in a few different ways, and marching band is one.) So, what started out as a way to avoid gym class blossomed into a commitment to so much more. We figured hey, the girl hates gym, she’s been playing clarinet for a few years, why not join marching band? This seemingly random choice has led to amazing opportunities for her and has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. There have been summer practices, after-school practices, weeknight events, football games, competitions, parades, so much stuff to do, so many friends to be made…the bar was raised every week and she cleared it with no problems every time. We are beyond proud.

Which brings us to sitting down to give thanks at Thanksgiving without her. This year, for the first time ever, the marching band was invited to attend the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago. This invitation was a true honor to the band, the high school and the community. They worked so hard this year to put on great shows. She worked so hard to learn the marches. How could we say no? Commitments lead to new opportunities. Even on Thanksgiving. As proud parents, we are so thankful she has opportunities like this to create new experiences. Even a Thanksgiving dinner cruise away from home.

So, on Thanksgiving morning, we turned WGN on TV and online, and watched for her school. There she was, marching in Chicago. Here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKkVtdgZBfs

Honey, we really missed you. We’ll celebrate Thanksgiving with you when you get home. We love you and are so proud of you!

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