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Time For Thanks

It wasn’t too long ago when I was going to my Grandma and Pop’s (the Folks’) house down the Jersey Shore for Thanksgiving.  It was epic.  Being that I was an only child, I could not wait to see my cousins and hang out with them for those few hours.  I remember my Pop cooking his amazing dishes like Pasticcio and Leg of Lamb.  We would play and play, until we were told to sit at the table (the kids’ table).  I could not understand why we would want to sit with the adults.  They would argue about whatever, and we would just smile, and laugh at nothing, maybe each other.  It was so easy to have the best time ever.  After dinner, we would eat dessert, and then the adults would play a “friendly” game of Poker, while the kids would help throw in the chips for betting.  There, at that moment, everything was right.  We were making memories with the family, that I will never forget.  I am thankful for that. Now, with three kids of my own, and an amazing wife, its time to add to the memory book.  We decided this year, because we opened SugarPop’s, to stay close to home, and have dinner with the new Folks (my parents).  Its sad in a way, that we will not see many of the people we’ve made those memories with, or even play a hand of Poker.  But, I realize that my boys won’t miss what I miss because this is normal for them.  Its OK though, we are going to have a great time! This year, I want to thank a few people in my life.  To start, I want to thank my wife, Jennifer, for allowing me to pursue my crazy dream and open up a Candy Store.  To let me, without question or concern, open up SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop to hopefully help parents and kids make some memories.  She is an amazing partner in this journey, and I couldn’t be happier.  I love you.  I want to thank my parents for inspiring me to open up a small business.  They have truly guided me throughout my life, and set me on the “right” path.  I hope I can do as good as a job with my kids, as they have done with me.  I would love to spend every waking hour with my boys if I could. They are awesome!  I love them more than anything in the world.  I want to thank them for being the reason why I wake up every morning.  I want to also thank my family and friends for all of their mental, physical, and spiritual support.  I have heard nothing but positive things from all of them.  And I am lucky to have each of them in my life supporting us in every way.  And lastly, I want to thank the customers of SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop for making it all worth while.  I love meeting all of you, and having you be a part of my dream.  Thank you!   -Sean