For most, it is indeed difficult to think about spending Thanksgiving alone. But every year, I write a holiday msg for my brothers & sisters in or from #FosterCare. In it, I acknowledge how hard it is to age out without family. To watch celebrations that bring painful memories.
You may be sad to think about missing loved ones this year. For those of us who have been in foster care, particularly among the 25k/yr who age out w/zero support, we long for a sense of family sometimes our entire lives. Some of us eventually find that belonging but many do not.
So as you consider gatherings—maybe even travel—think for a moment that all you are being asked for is one year of relative isolation towards the common good. And you still have your family! You’ll never know the dread of being asked about your plans by well-meaning strangers
Bc it means an awkward answer, often followed by unwanted pity and/or fear based on the media-reinforced stereotype that people from “broken” homes are themselves damaged, or dangerous. Some of us ignore the holidays, some have grown to hate them, most of us do the best we can.
But the idea that spending Thanksgiving—or any holiday—alone is some sort of unique & unheard of deprivation only means that you haven’t ever really paid attention to any of us. And boy, are we used to that, too. It still says more about you, & about the society we move through.

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