Thanksgiving 2020

by Michael Theobald

A few years ago, I was with a friend Diane and her two kids at a restaurant in Syracuse.  At dinner, I was so hungry I ate so much food to the amazement of the kids that they said to their mother, “Mike should weigh 300 pounds”!   With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m thinking of all the traditional foods we look forward to. Hey, what other holiday calls for at least two separate pies! Not to mention that Thanksgiving is just the start of the holiday season.  Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries, sweet potatoes, the afore mentioned pumpkin, and apple pies, let’s not forget the ice cream and whipped cream that has to go with them. I’m sure that is just the short list of menu items.  All these temptations are just a celebration of the abundance we share in America. I’m also thinking about how to not overindulge like I did when I was with my friend Diane.

Growing up I always was concerned about being overweight since being in a wheelchair it’s very difficult to exercise.  Instead, I was careful not to eat too much and mostly stayed away from desserts which I really like.  I would go to the weight room when I was back in school. Exercise and staying in shape was and still is important. Since I’m not able to get out and exercise like I once did, I’m extra careful on what I eat. Since every pound gained makes lifting a much more difficult process.

With all this in mind, I’ve been also thinking about the year we just had.

You know, one day of indulgence is not going catapult me into the fat farm!

Get overserved. Have the second piece of pie!  We deserve it.

I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving!


Mike Theobald is a contributing writer to the ARISE Website and a part-time employee. His stories offer a unique perspective on life in Central New York.

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