Two holidays better than one

Tonya Fennell

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday filled with family and good food.
I know my family certainly did.

We actually had two Thanksgiving meals this year. The first meal was with our new “military family” here at Cannon — the 73rd Special Operations AMXS.

We ate fried turkey and watched as dozens of kids played in the hangar.
Our second meal, which we enjoyed on Thanksgiving day, took place exactly 831 miles away in Princeton, Mo., which is where my husband grew up.

We loaded up a teenager, a preteen, a toddler, five suitcases, two laptops and various other items and crossed five states. Four stops and 15 hours later we arrived at my in-laws’ house bleary-eyed and tired.

Well, at least my husband and I were weary.

Our 21-month-old daughter was a bundle of energy after being cooped up in her car seat all day. We greeted the family and headed to our motel room where we found 1950s decor and subzero temperatures.

After a night of very little sleep on decades old mattresses, we headed back to my in-laws’ house for Thanksgiving.

Our sons went straight to grandma’s computer to check their Myspace accounts while I tried to keep our daughter from destroying any of grandma’s many knick-knacks.

My husband spent his time reconnecting with family and an old high school buddy during the trip.

Although we were out of our comfort zone and far from home, the trip brought my family closer together.

It forced us to communicate and laugh and for that I am thankful.

Tonya Fennell is the news coordinator for Cannon Connections. She can be reached by e-mailing: