I Am Thankful For…Those Thanksgivings That Don’t Involve Me Running in a Marathon

I’d like to blame my hesitancy on some sort of past traumatic experience involving Thanksgiving marathons, but alas it all comes down to my laziness, aversion to cold, and allergies to running long distances on holidays.

I suppose that is a bit selfish of me considering that many marathons are run for fundraising of some charitable cause. I tell you what if you would like to sponsor my Lord of the Rings marathon I will arise and call you blessed. Other than that, no. It isn’t happening. The decision to not run is many times easier to make if its cold outside. I would rather enhance my thanksgiving by sleeping in, eating, playing board games, watching TV, and sleeping some more.

Enhancing thanksgiving. Isn’t that really the right thing to do? In essence, wouldn’t it be downright sinful for me to run in a marathon since that would be the opposite of it? Now I’m not judging those who opt for that kind of lifestyle. They are free to run. As for me, as Calvin Coolidge said, I choose not to run.  

And like Phill said on Monday, we are not necessarily naming what we are the most thankful for. There are lots of things that I am far more thankful for, but not running in a marathon is definitely part of my thanksgiving. But the very idea is not totally inconceivable. Who knows, someday I may partake of a Thanksgiving marathon, but for now, I am really looking forward to spending time with food, family, fun, and sweet, sweet relaxation.

Ben Plunkett

Greetings from the booming metropolis that is Pleasant View, Tennessee. I am a man of constant spiritual highs and spiritual lows. I pray that I serve God at my highest even when I am lowest. Ben was a founding member of Rambling Ever On and a regular contributor and editor until his untimely death in April 2020. We wrote a tribute to him, but the best tribute you can give him would be to read all the wonderful poems, short stories, book reviews, theological essays, and ridiculous satire pieces he wrote for us. Pass them on to others and maybe allow Ben to inspire you to write something yourself.

2 thoughts on “I Am Thankful For…Those Thanksgivings That Don’t Involve Me Running in a Marathon

  • November 27, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Me, either, Ben! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • December 2, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Good news! I also avoided a marathon this Thanksgiving.


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