Hope everyone is planning to have a great Thanksgiving. Ours will be smaller but the three of us – two of us and my brother – will enjoy eating the small feast we’re planning.
Back in ’98, (the year we moved to NH) we started having our family Thanksgiving here at our house. Dad and my younger brother, plus another younger brother with his wife and three kids. It was fun. Dad loved having us all around him at the same time. Moving extra tables together, borrowing chairs from church, finding enough table cloths to cover the tables. I used my mom’s good china and M’s mom’s silver. Our kids always called, if they weren’t here, my sister always called if she wasn’t here (We could have been one of those old long distance ads). I hate peeling potatoes and quickly learned to do it poorly so that dad would let me know and just as quickly, take over the peeling of the potatoes. Then he’d say, “You do this on purpose, don’t you?” Yup!
We prepared the standards – although we have a wonderful turkey farm restaurant here in town and purchased turkey and gravy there. Picked it up hot and fragrant around 1 PM. We also have the green bean casserole (that so many people despise…). Dad was convinced that his wife, my mom, invented that recipe. This year, our sons will be together for Thanksgiving and they’re making the green bean casserole, too.
Finally, when we started eating, Dad would proclaim, “This is the best damn turkey we’ve had this year!” He’s done that every year since I was young.
In 2005, dad was living at a nearby nursing home. They do a wonderful family Thanksgiving Dinner so we would join dad there AND do Thanksgiving for the group at home. Last year, dad was not able to sit in the dining room with others due to his MRSA. The nursing home set us up in a private conference room w/ glass doors. Dad could see everyone else, people came in to speak with him and we were near the pianist. It was different but still a lovely holiday celebration. And we ALWAYS reminded dad to say his line! (Photo is the piano lady with dad in 2008)
I consider myself fortunate to have wonderful holiday family memories. I’m sure one of the three of us will proclaim this turkey to be the best damn turkey (although, I’m cooking it so who knows?).
Have a great Thanksgiving, wherever you are!