Cutter Day is a thing of the past.
In my younger days, I made the day before Thanksgiving into a personal holiday. I would take off from work and take a trip to Atlantic City with either my father or friends. Sometimes there were bus rides, and sometimes we watched movies of questionable quality. Sometimes I won money, more times I lost. It didn’t really matter.
It doesn’t seem that long ago, but thanks in part to a growing family and people moving away, I haven’t made that trip in six years. Time flies.
I also don’t spend Thanksgiving Eve at a hometown bar catching up with my high school classmates. If I went to one of those bars now, would I recognize anyone, or would I be left wondering why the place was filled with so many young kids?
A couple of years ago, I tried going out in Washington, but the experience wasn’t as rewarding as I had hoped. It felt more like I was making too much of an effort to recapture the excitement from years past. Last year, I had an opportunity to go out, but I passed. Knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to get a good night’s sleep tends to reduce one’s enthusiasm for going out drinking.
This year, no opportunities to go out drinking have presented themselves, and I haven’t felt inclined to seek any out. A peaceful night watching “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (Buttered toast and popcorn FTW!) is probably all the excitement I can handle.
That doesn’t mean the day will be devoid of fun. The Cutlet has an early dismissal from school, (I’m sure this is welcomed by parents who have to travel, but for the rest of us, it’s a slight hassle) so I’m planning on taking off work early and spending the afternoon with her. I’m not sure what we’ll do, but I’m sure that we’ll find a fun way to pass the time.
It might not be the same as a trip to Atlantic City, but in the long run, perhaps my memories of “Cutter and Cutlet Day” will end up being the more meaningful ones.
To all of of you, whether you’ve got a trip to the casino, a quiet day with family, or something else planned, I hope you have a happy Cutter Day as well! And while you’re at it, try and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day too!