I know it may be too early for some, but with Thanksgiving only 2 weeks away, I can’t help but get excited for the “holiday season.” I have an amazing family and I feel like our bond is just solidified even further this time of year. There’s just something really special about all the family dinners, get togethers and traditions that you start to value in a different way, as you get older.
While I love the family time I get while we aren’t on tour, I have to say that one of my favorite Thanksgiving memories is from two years ago, when we were on tour with Hit the lights, the Story So Far and A Loss For Words. It was only our second full US tour, so we didn’t really know a lot of people. It was our first Thanksgiving away from our families, so we wanted to figure out something special to do on our own.
Our show the night before just happened to be close enough to DC for us to drive to the next day, so we headed over there to explore all the monuments, museums and land marks. We just spent all day on Thanksgiving walking around the Capitol and seeing the sights. There was something really special about being there, with our best friends, on that particular day. After we walked around for a few hours, we stopped by a Boston Market to have our “family Thanksgiving dinner.” We all sat around the table, said what we were thankful for and enjoyed the closest thing we’d had to a home cooked meal in weeks.
It might not seem that cool or exciting, but I think the experience brought us all closer together as a band and as friends. It sucked being away from our families, but at the same time it made me more appreciative of the time I have with my family, when I am home and also made me realize that having such a close group of friends to travel the world with and to see so many cool things with, in itself, is something to be extremely thankful for.