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This story first appeared in 2008 and was replayed in 2015. One other seven years have handed, so it’s time to resurrect it from the archives. It’s a few particular second between a person and his Pentax K20D.


©Jon Sienkiewicz

[Written in 2015] Thanksgiving is that magical time that occurs solely annually. Thank heavens. It’s a time for peace and love and opening our hearts and houses to relations we usually don’t trouble with. It’s the season for vapid overindulgence—stuffing ourselves with turkey (chicken meat that’s normally reserved for Membership sandwiches, frozen weight watcher entrees and an occasional tasteless, low-fat burger). Soccer—plenty of soccer—and sofa naps are the order of the day, whereas the unique meals which might be eaten solely presently of the year (marshmallow-encrusted yams, slippery cranberries and that dried-up bread stuff—what’s it? Dressing?) vie for domination of our glutted stomachs.

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Thanksgiving break is the primary scheduled disruption of the educational calendar, the primary back-to-the-neighborhood vacation for faraway faculty college students, a few of whom journey dozens of miles to rejoin their households for 4 days of feasting, revelation of newly acquired tattoos and binge watching Netflix. And sure, buying. Turkey Day additionally marks the final day of sanity earlier than the full-blown vacation buying season ensues. The day after, lovingly often known as Black Friday, is the standard begin of retail mayhem.

It’s all loopy, that’s for positive, however all of us like it—we should, as a result of we repeat it yearly.

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My custom is making photos. Roll the clocks again seven years and also you’ll discover my weblog submit from Thanksgiving 2008 [as written in 2015]. To save lots of you time chasing the hyperlink, I’ve rewritten all 224 phrases under.

[Written in 2008] On Thanksgiving morning I left dwelling earlier than eight and drove my Jeep 20 miles to {photograph} a farm I’ve been capturing for the previous 15 years. Generally it’s laborious to maintain a relationship contemporary and thrilling for such a protracted time period, however like an thrilling girl, this topic reveals one thing new to me each time we meet.

It was 34 levels after I left dwelling, however on the increased elevation in New Jersey’s Ramapo Mountains, the mercury hovered at 31, simply chilly sufficient for the hoar frost to nonetheless be thick and good. Clouds hid the solar and I waited till their feeble rays broke by simply sufficient to spotlight the brittle, frozen leaves.

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I labored for over an hour, I assume—I misplaced observe of time the second arrived. I moved rapidly, understanding that the solar would quickly be robust sufficient to banish the frost sculptures. In each route I found one thing new—a bristling pink berry, a leaf silver-tipped with rime, inexperienced grass dusted with frost. Once I completed my naked fingers had been numb and my toes had been like ice. However I felt great.

And I felt so fortunate to have the ability to benefit from the second. All of us have a lot to be pleased about. I’m blessed in that I don’t must look far to see my true fortune.

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[Added in 2015] Seven years later I’ve a standpoint that’s solely barely completely different. We dwell in an enlightened age when our youngsters are now not taught that Native People offered a luxurious feast for the primary technology of trespassing Pilgrims and welcomed them into their wigwams. Center faculty college students already know extra about computer systems, telephony and social media than their mother and father have sufficient time left to be taught. Though the world modifications sooner than we will think about, some issues—just like the Thanksgiving vacation—stay the identical. Embrace change however make custom your servant.

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[Now in 2022] It looks as if solely yesterday, however 14 years have handed since I initially wrote this story. Holidays like Thanksgiving are anchor factors on our particular person roads of life. Photography helps us join the dots and switch the threads of recollections right into a lush cloth. I’d love to vow to deliver this again seven years from now. We’ll see. The images will endure, nevertheless, and that’s sufficient to fulfill me


—Jon Sienkiewicz


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