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Thankful in the Midst of a Pandemic

Conexión San Angelo/ Jim Sánchez, contributor/ Jim Sanchez, photograph

Left-to-right: grandparents David Sanchez, wife, Rachel Sanchez, baby, Milagros Faith Sanchez, Nicole Sanchez, and husband, Isaac Sanchez. Nicole, and Isaac’s grandparents “give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endures forever” (Psalm 136:1.)

SAN ANGELO – Every year Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner which consists of roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

On Thursday, November 26, 2020, for the first time ever, this traditional sit-down-to-eat-together as a family will be unlike any of the other Thanksgivings before in our 231 years since 1789.

The COVID-19 pandemic that crossed continents is the uninvited guest that has altered plans for families to give thanks together.

Locally one of those families, Isaac and Nicole Sanchez’ Thanksgiving will also be different from their previous 11 years of gathering together.

Q: The pandemic has changed everyone’s life, including this year’s Thanksgiving tradition. What are your family’s plans?

A: “On Thanksgiving Day, we usually go to Isaac’s family first and then we go to my parents after 2 p.m.”

Unfortunately, Nicole and Isaac’s families won’t all be together as some members are prevented from attending because of the Coronavirus.

The Sanchez family and other members have taken precautions to make this Thanksgiving a safe one.

“We will social distance and wear masks and limit the time we are with family members.” This Thanksgiving cherish the time you have together” she said.

Nicole concluded the interview with a special Thanksgiving memory.

“Last Thanksgiving was very meaningful to us because we had our baby girl, Milagros with us. It was a blessing to be able to share this day and give thanks for her.”

Conexión asked Nicole what does Thanksgiving mean to you?

“Thanksgiving means a time where we gather around with family and enjoy being thankful for the many blessings that are given to us on a daily basis.”

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