To My Boyfriend, I’m Grateful for Us

Author: Kristin Frappier, The Dating Game

To my boyfriend,

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the people in your life, experiences you’ve had and memories you have shared. Right now I would like to take the time to give thanks to you, my boyfriend.

I am thankful that you are the one I sat across from at dinner just about six months ago. You have a universal acceptance for my different abilities, and for me as well. You brighten my day with just the sound of your voice. You make me laugh on days I just feel like I want to cry.

When we are together there is no obstacle we can’t conquer. You hold my hand when the road gets rocky. I try until I can fly with you, and I know I have nothing to lose because I know you will catch me. Anything we share makes me feel more alive and excited for what may come next.

My heart is happy, and the world’s beauty is more vivid with you in my life. You makes me feel as though I am on top of the world — not just by the things he does but by being the person that he is. I don’t know how I got so lucky or even how a chance taken turned into a dream come true, but to say thank you for everything would never be enough!

Instead I say I love you through every storm, under every night sky and in the glow of every setting sun. I am grateful for us!

Love, Me

 

This Thanksgiving holiday, I urge you to share your story of gratitude of your significant other. Does he brighten your day as well? Do you feel like the two of you can overcome anything together? This is the perfect time to remind your significant other of that, and to celebrate it, together. Write him a letter, just like I did.

Grateful for Us

Author: Kristin Frappier, The Dating Game

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Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the people in your life, experiences you’ve had and memories you have shared. Right now I would like to take the time to give thanks for my boyfriend Steve.

I am thankful that Steve is the one I sat across from at dinner just about six months ago. He has a universal acceptance for my different abilities. He brightens my day with just the sound of his voice. He makes me laugh on days I just feel like I want to cry.

When we are together there is no obstacle we can’t conquer. He holds my hand when the road gets rocky. I try until I can fly with him with nothing to lose because I know he will catch me. Anything we share makes me feel more alive and excited for what may come next.

My heart is happy, and the world’s beauty is more vivid with Steve in my life. Steve makes me feel as though I am on top of the world — not just by the things he does but by being the person that he is. I don’t know how I got so lucky or even how a chance taken turned into a dream come true but to say thank you for everything would never be enough!

Instead I say I love you through every storm, under every night sky and in the glow of every setting sun. I am thankful for us!

Food for Thought: Be Grateful for Those Who Make Your Ideals Worth Fighting For

Author: Alli Jean, Current Events/Politics

We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving. Recent immigrants to the New World, the pilgrims were struggling to establish a fruitful village and grow a bountiful harvest. And so every year on Thanksgiving, we commemorate the coming together of the Native Americans who generously offered to share their harvest with the Pilgrims.

And then our European ancestors slaughtered the Natives, introduced smallpox and eventually drove them to live on reservations. History lessons often end the story when the pumpkin pie is being passed between Squanto and the pilgrims and leave it at that.

Fast forward. We find ourselves at an interesting place this Thanksgiving 2016. We’re exhausted from the election cycle which still feels like it hasn’t ended, we’re fearful of the state of the world — specifically the political and ideological divide among our friends and neighbors — and may even feel overwhelmed at the idea of moving forward when for so many, the future seems so uncertain.

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Maybe you’re looking forward to getting away from that this Thursday. Turning on football, having an extra slice of pie and spending quality time with family and friends. Others are worried about the inevitable political confrontations that are often unavoidable around the Thanksgiving table.

The truth is, the first Thanksgiving feels so pertinent to us this year, because like our ancestors, we’re on the brink of what feels like a new era. Thanksgiving has always been political. While we aren’t literally forming a new country, the ideals and policies we embrace going forward have the potential to significantly re-shape our identity as Americans.

After an election that saw our two political parties infiltrated by two of the most unpopular candidates in the history of the United States, and the changes to the Supreme Court on the horizon, it has never been more crucial to come together — as fragmented and separated as we might feel — and reflect as a nation where we want to go from here. We can’t literally sit down and dine together, but let us remember that as in the past, our differences are what formed us. Remember that.

For a nation founded on political and religious freedom from tyranny and oppression, our first act as a collective unit was to bring destruction to the Native Americans. This was shortly followed by the introduction of slavery. Once again we’re at a new beginning for this nation; let’s make sure bigotry isn’t written into our history this time.

So hug your family and friends a little tighter this holiday. Be mindful of what it is you want to fight for going forward. And be thankful for those around you who make your ideals worth fighting for.

 

 

Disclaimer: The political views expressed in this article do not necessarily express the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

Boy Bands Gave Me More Than Just Good Music, Which Is Why I’m Grateful

Author: Kerrin Frappier, Entertainment

I’m thankful every day for the safety of my family and my good health and all the awesome opportunities I’ve been given (including writing for this blog!). I’m fortunate to have loyal friends and a stable income and a supportive family. But I have to say I’m also thankful for something that I’m sure seems extremely childish and stupid to some: I’m thankful for boy bands for many reasons.

I know, I know; I’ve already written two posts (see my ode to *NSYNC here and my piece on the Backstreet Boys here) on my obsession with all-male pop groups (and you can probably expect a few more) but hear me out…

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Boy bands made me feel cool in elementary school. While I was skeptical of the trend at first, I also got teased quite a bit for being a bookworm and listening to my mother’s music exclusively. It felt good to enjoy something most of my peers also relished. I no longer felt like my interests were so far removed from those of my classmates (although now I take great pride in my eclectic tastes).

Boy band music has been there for me when I longed for my friends at home, while I was away at school and when I was exhausted from working two jobs after graduating college.

Boy bands have also brought my friends together for multiple concerts and for a couple of hours, we forget we are bill-paying adults who have to be at work the next morning.

Boy bands have ensured that I’ve remained young at heart (even though I still look like a teenager most days); I can slip right back into my childhood simply by putting in a pair of earbuds.

Boy bands have reminded me that there is no shame in liking something that makes you feel good and is not harmful. Being a boy band fanatic for almost 20 years has taught me that times change, fashions go out of style but if you have a passion for something, you should not give up on that.

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I’m thankful that every generation has had a boy band (or it’s equivalent) to call its own; my mom had the Jackson Five, my cousin had New Kids on the Block and New Edition. I was lucky enough to have *NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees.

I’m thankful we all got to experience those first celebrity crushes on someone talented and (seemingly) wholesome. I’m glad we spent hours memorizing song lyrics and dance routines instead of getting into trouble. I’m grateful that hearing a song on the radio on my way to work can make my whole day a little brighter.

Being a fan has also made it clear that people grow out of things like favorite pop groups or even friendships, and that’s okay too.

As I paused for thought while writing this list, I began purchasing more New Kids on the Block tracks. I want to be fully prepared when I see them at Fenway Park in 2017! I told you: I have a problem!

The Two Thanksgivings

Author: Chelsea Mulligan, The Dating Game

Over the last few years, Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday — whether the reasoning is because of the food or because it’s the only time I technically don’t have to buy gifts for the celebration. Either way, it is a day to be surrounded by loved ones and nothing beats that.

As always, I am thankful for my family and friends, the roof over my head and my health. And every November, I realize how far I’ve come in a year or what has been at a stand still. The only obstacle that I find myself facing every year is: how can my boyfriend and I divide this holiday?

Each other holiday is much easier: Christmas Eve with one family, Christmas Day with the other. Breakfast with his mom on Mother’s Day, dinner with mine, etc. This isn’t our first Thanksgiving with one another, but now that I think about it, I don’t think we have ever spent an entire night together for this holiday. We have always gone our own ways, and that’s okay!

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So what should you do? Go with your heart. If you  enjoy spending the day with our respective families, do that. It’s okay, especially if there are no wedding bells ringing or official reason to compromise yet; go about our day the way we want to.

Yes, soon enough, you will have to choose between families or host a Thanksgiving of your own — soak up family time now. When the time does come where you have to pick, you need to do what’s best for you and your relationship. Either figure it out where you can venture to both sides in one day, or split the holidays entirely and spend one holiday with one side and another holiday with another side.

It is okay to put yourself first, even if it is a holiday that you would like to be surrounded by everyone near and dear to your heart. Traditions will always be there, and you will know when the time is right to start your own.