We did something different for Thanksgiving 2014: we held a Bootstrapper’s Potluck and hosted a dinner for a dozen people or so with our family.
Thanksgiving 2014: Bootstrapper’s Potluck
It was a chance for my sons to meet some real entrepreneurs and give folks who were new to the area or far from family a nice Thanksgiving. We supplied the turkey and some sides and folks brought many flavors of pie, miso soup, raw vegetables, wine, hors d’oeuvres, jambalaya, sausage and cheddar fondue, and rice. There was enough left over that everyone was able to leave with one or two meals (or a pie) for the weekend, such is the miracle of a potluck.
It was an experiment but we enjoyed it and everyone who came had a good time. I was contacted by a number of folks who could not make it who were delighted we had done it even if they could not make it. Just like a regular Bootstrapper Breakfast we pushed a number of tables together to make a single large table, but unlike a breakfast over the course of five hours there were many overlapping conversations as well as some common ones from time to time. Aside from facilitating introductions for new arrivals I let the conversations flow where they may.
I got a text from an entrepreneur in his early 30’s that he was headed to a big family gathering and he was sorry he couldn’t attend. I texted back (I know I text like an old guy): “the bootstrappers potluck thanksgiving is probably no more uncomfortable than nestling in the bosom of a large family but I cannot express how happy I am to have my sons home; I am sure your relatives feel the same way about you.”
I am grateful for my health, my family, my friends, and the opportunities I have been given. I am also thankful for the folks who read this blog and who have left comments, or written me, or spoken to me about something I have written. I will end from a quote from a Thanksgiving 2007 post by Seth Godin:
Every time you read something I write here, you’re giving me a gift… attention. It’s getting more precious all the time, you have more choices every day, and it’s harder and harder to find the time. I know. I’m grateful. I’m doing my best to make your attention worth it.
So, have a great Thanksgiving. And thanks.
Seth Godin in “Thanks“