Let’s Slow Down and Give Thanks

Although retailers like to go straight from Halloween to Christmas, I think it’s important that we don’t lose Thanksgiving along the way. This holiday has a long tradition of family meals and family time that are too important to forget about or rush through.

This year especially, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on all we have to be thankful for. The tumultuous election season has taken a toll on everyone. Whether you’re happy or angry about the outcome, it’s important not to lose sight of the many blessings we have as Americans. Because of those who came before us, we have the right to vote, the right to free speech and many other rights we sometimes take for granted.

We also sometimes take our loved ones for granted. Let’s slow down our busy lives long enough to relax and enjoy our family and friends. If you’re like me, you never seem to have enough time to do that, and there’s no better way to reconnect than over a nice Thanksgiving meal.

At this time of Thanksgiving, I also want everyone to know I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with such a professional group of people, many of whom I’m proud to call friends. I’m also thankful for thousands of students across the Commonwealth who’ve chosen to make a KCTCS college a part of their lives.

So let’s not allow the retailers of the world to tell us what season it is. Go ahead and proudly put that inflatable turkey in your yard. You can easily switch it out for Santa in a few days.

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

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