A True Thanksgiving- Sagora Voice Edition

(The following story is written by a Sagora associate)

It’s funny how certain smells can trigger your brain to take you back to memories you haven’t thought of in a long time. For me, it’s the smell of coffee. Unlike most of my peers, I’m not a big coffee drinker but I have always loved the smell, and for that, I can thank my Mom’s parents. Since they owned a small farm, they took the saying “Up before the rooster crows” literally (I can still hear that darn rooster crowing now), so I can’t blame them for wanting a bit of a pick-me-up early in the morning. Their ranch-style home meant everything was very open, so the beautiful roasted coffee smell would slowly creep its way down the hallway to the guest quarters, seep under the door, and richly reach my nose. For me, coffee means early mornings, quiet reflection on a back porch watching the sun rise, and family.

One of the things my Mom’s parents did a great job of was instilling my brother and I with manners. There was no stern correction when we didn’t say m’am or sir, but a deep understanding of why you say it. This was the same with the word “thank you”. Whether it was my grandma bringing me some of her delicious (and crazy sugary) lemonade while out in the barn helping my grandpa with something or just preparing to eat one of her most delicious southern cooking dinners, “thanks” was always expressed from the heart, not out of necessity.

From an early age, we are all taught the power that words hold. They can build up, they can destroy. They can give breath to a story, and they can deflate a morale. So this holiday season, when you come in to contact with someone talking about what they are thankful for, or are asked yourself, be honest. Be real. Truly be thankful. The act, not the words, of being thankful come from the heart.

What am I thankful for? I’m thankful for my family, my friends and my job. I’m thankful for the small things like chocolate chip cookies and chocolate milk. And I’m especially thankful for the smell of coffee. Still have hard feelings toward that rooster though.

-Shay Aldriedge
Sagora Social Media & Creative Marketing Coordinator

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