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            What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
       The New Normal
LRon is on medical leave. This column originally ran April 29, 2020.
ast week when I got home from work, I was pleasantly surprised to see my wife and daughter engaged in an activity they participated in quite frequently when
times were better. They were both sitting in the living room — our 22-year-old daughter on her iPhone and my wife on her iPad. They were showing each other what they had on their screens. “Ohh, that’s adorable!” said my wife. “I love this color!” answered my daughter. Obviously, they were shoe shopping online, like the good old days — or so I thought.
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“My wife’s Peruvian stuffing, which includes ground beef, olives, raisins and Peruvian spices. It’s a recipe handed down for generations in her family.”
Behavioral Technician,
Pauoa Valley
“It’s always been Grandma’s potato salad with gravy all over. My late Uncle Paul put me on to this and said this is the only way to do it on Thanksgiving.”
General Merchandise Manager, Honolulu
“What’s Thanksgiving without the sides? My Thanksgiving pick is stuffing. Stuffing has always been my must-have and completes any holiday meal.”
Business Owner, Waipahu
“I would say my favorite dish is lechon belly. Growing up as a Filipino, we always ate that dish during Thanksgiving and it reminds me of home.”
I happily plopped myself down next to them, as it was good to see something familiar in this day and age of uncertainty. I loudly joked with them, “Why are you buying shoes? You can’t go anywhere that you can wear them!”
They looked at me as though they had no idea what I was talking about. Then my wife clarified the situation, “We’re not shoe shopping. We’re online shopping for face masks.”
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          A Good Advice
s someone who is in the profession of guiding others, I’ve learned a few things over the years. First, there is no benefit to
 any client if I tell them what I think they should do, even though they think that’s what they want. Second, they are not asking for my opinion, even if they think that’s what they want. At their core, they are really seeking guidance on how to ap- proach the decision they need to make.
 So, the next time someone asks for your advice, remember not to give your opinion or tell them what you think they should do. Instead, help them reveal the blind spots in their thinking so they can clarify what their priorities are.
    Sure enough, they both pointed their device screens at me, and I saw various pictures of face masks made from colorful fabrics and in different designs. “I stand corrected!” I quipped.
    My wife explained that now with the mandate to wear them at all times when in public, they wanted to be sure our family was well supplied. My daughter was involved because every- thing she wears needs to be a fashion statement.
She stood up and grabbed a box that was on the kitchen table. “Dad, an order came in today and we bought you face masks, too.” She pulled out individually wrapped face masks while my wife narrated the purchase experience.
“We found a local bikini swimsuit designer, who converted her business to making face masks. They are practical and pretty.” Just then, our daughter handed me my face masks.
I unwrapped them to find a bright pink face mask made from bikini fabric and elastic. I hesitantly put it on and went to a mirror to see how it looked. Although I’m sure it served the purpose for which it was made, I looked ridiculous!
It looked as though I strapped on a single cup from a bikini top over my mouth. On top of that, it was pink! I suddenly channeled Steve Buscemi’s character from the Quentin Taran- tino movie Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Pink.
“Why do I have to use a pink one? Why couldn’t you get me a cool color like black?” The girls just laughed and went back to their face mask shopping.
As I walked out of the room, I said, “OK, whatever. Just don’t buy me any face masks from Speedo!”

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