The Publix Thanksgiving Day commercial got me in my feels

Here's my "cherish the moments" holiday soap box message

November 20, 2018
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I saw it for the first time last weekend, and it sent me scurrying to YouTube to see if they'd posted it, because I KNEW I'd want to share it once I could. So here I am, doing just that.

I'm talking about the 2018 Publix Thanksgiving commercial, featuring a busy mom in a "buzzing with activity" home on Thanksgiving Day. Her son's come home from college and as moms go, she's been looking forward to catching up with her oldest "baby." That said, the younger siblings, the smartphone and his buddies also home for the holiday are all grabbing his attention. Poor mom!

But then ... ahh, just watch it yourself and see why it just caught me in my feelings. 

This will be Thanksgiving number eight without Mom, for me. Sadder still, there were probably a few Thanksgivings just like this in our lives when I was away in college, or away working far from home. What I wouldn't GIVE to have one more holiday (or "any" day) to spend with her. Even just a slice of pie and coffee at the table for a "catching up" chat would be amazing at this point.

I know how families can be and how stressful holidays are, too; but if you take anything from this commercial or my message, I hope it's this: enjoy these moments. Get all out of them that you can. Cherish these days. 

And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from me and my family.