So I’m a little late… par for the course when you run a hotel. Especially one next to a convention center that is hosting the local high school football championships the day after Thanksgiving. The players and their friends and family all arrived to check in on Thanksgiving Day.
While the front desk agents checked in our entire hotel, I was in our dining area preparing to serve what would turn out to be Thanksgiving Dinner for all 500 of our guests.
Other than the other 2 managers, our entire staff worked that day. And work we did. We all went home that night and crashed, only to come back on Friday and do it all again. By Saturday, my entire body hurt. Hosting that many people three nights in a row is physically and mentally demanding. Add to that, missing family time on one of my favorite holidays of the year, and I was d-o-n-e, done.
I’ve since made up for it, however. On Sunday, we finally were able to have Thanksgiving dinner as a family. We were missing Link, so we sat down together to Skype him. He’ll be home for Christmas, and we’re all looking forward to that.
Since then I’ve also made time to watch Mario bowl. Once again, she’s on the boys’ high school bowling team, and has proven herself enough to be anchor on the Varsity team. As a Junior and a girl, this is huge. The anchor is typically the best bowler on the team and is matched up against the best bowler (a boy) on the other team. And she is up for the challenge.
She’s averaged 200 since the beginning of season, and has easily kept up with the boys. She loves the look on their faces when she steps up in the anchor position. And I love the whispers from the others when they realize how good she is.
She’s taking up where I left off, and it has been fun to watch. I can’t wait to see where she’ll go from here.
So although I’m late, I’m very thankful. I’m thankful I have a job I love. I’m thankful I could find a day to share a meal with my family. I’m thankful my boys are still in school (I’ve had my doubts…), and I’m thankful my daughter is pursuing her dream of bowling competitively and that I can arrange my off days to watch.
I’m also thankful I’ll have Christmas off. Everyone will be home on that day. Ain’t nothin’ better than that.