First Person: Establishing Our Own Modern Family Thanksgiving

The Story Behind the Thanksgiving Photo

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First Person: Establishing Our Own Modern Family Thanksgiving
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Beth and Ted, Thanksgiving 2011

Every photo has a story, and on this Thanksgiving, Yahoo! News asked readers to share one photo, and the story behind it, that holds meaning for them. Here's one.

FIRST PERSON | Divorce and the breakup of a family are most apparent over the holiday season.

Thanksgiving had always been my favorite time, so it became the most painful when there were no love ones to share it with. For a couple of years, I took advantage of the invitations of friends. It was pleasant, but woefully lacking, as I watched the interaction of their generations while lamenting the lack of my own.

Last year things changed. During the year I met Beth. Like me she was divorced and no longer living in her original home. Both of us felt displaced from the traditions we had created. We were invited for dinner at one of Beth's friend's home for Thanksgiving dinner. She too was divorced, but did still have the home she had become accustomed to.

Dinner was served later than my old customs, but our host pulled out all the stops. We all chipped in with the cooking duties and table setting. Joining us were both her and Beth's children. They too were experiencing a new type of holiday. One that even as young adults was not easy to accept or appreciate. By night's end, it was obvious that we had all enjoyed ourselves. Stuffed with turkey and good cheer, we realized we had started a new tradition with our own version of the modern family.

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