Thanksgiving has been hard for my family for the last few years for a few reasons. The main reason was that for 3 years in a row, we lost someone in our family. You can tell your age by how man of your elders are left. My step-father passed in 2004, maternal grandmother in 2005, and paternal grandmother in 2006. From that moment, I always try to be as thankful for my family and friends more than anything else.
We grow up and people will begin to do their own things and sometimes you don't have as much contact as you used to. Things begin happening and people veer further and further away.
The hardest part of losing a loved one is going into the holiday season with out them and not really knowing how to deal with the loss. i have a really good friend that lost her mother a few weeks ago. They were like best friends and practically inseparable. With her being the only child, she really has no one but friends to turn to. That's a hard issue to deal with because if you haven't loss a parent, you don't know the pain of it. So to comfort means just to be there for that person.
One thing about acting is that it requires a lot of time, a lot of training, and a lot of sacrifice. You have to practice your monologues or lines for a part that you will audition for next week and you may end up missing birthday parties or family events. This is a industry of give and take. You receive more when you give more. But I want us all to never take our family for granted. These people will leave our lives and can never return to earth. We have to enjoy their presence and their lives. That is something that will make all of us happy in the long run.