Black Friday is one of my favorite days of the year. I’m invariably with family and friends, shopping, and smiling….a lot. Because I consider Black Friday one of those institutions in my life, the change to Thursday night shopping was intriguing…would that change our dynamic? Would it change the thrill of Black Friday bargains?

The day is done. I’m exhausted. I’ve spent the previous evening, today, and tonight with those closest to me. I have broken a bone (another story, another time). I have some gifts purchased, I could have spent the day online finding the same bargains…but bottom line, my day is complete because my time was filled with #tenminutes. I spent the day with Mom and one of my most dear friends. However, Black Friday wasn’t compete because my sister wasn’t here. Spending time with her on this day, albeit trite, makes me smile. We have so much fun, so many laughs, and simply complete the moments with unsaid thoughts. We spoke a few times, texted more, but still, it wasn’t the same.

Upon reflection, the magic of Black Friday lies not in the lure of cheap TVs and bargain clothes, but those priceless moments that words can’t quite capture. My challenge, our challenge, is to make certain that the magic continues not only throughout the holiday season, but throughout the year. Let us count our blessings and be glad for all that brings a smile to our world.