Ah the holidays. Thanksgiving for me as a child meant my grandparents’ house…it was always an ordeal. My grandparents had 4 children who all came together with their individual families, which always meant 20-30 people. That many people in one house all day is always a recipe for craziness. LOL!
The outdoor activities weren’t always fun in a frequently cold, dreary Illinois’s November, but what was inside was even better!
The best part of inside was the foods! Even though I was a picky eater as a child, Thanksgiving meant a garden of opportunity! It meant VARIETY. I was excited for the opportunity for new things. Not only were my grandparents cooking, but my 3 aunts as well! It meant grandma’s candy jar on the counter would tie us over while the adults were preparing the food. The typical dinner spread included cheesy potatoes, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, the boring stuff like turkey and real dressing, but also some variety desserts. OK. OK. The desserts were the thing I really looked forward to. I remember taking VERY small portions of the stuff I had to eat hoping I would have plenty of room for dessert. Kids. LOL!
One year I don’t know exactly what happened, but something went disastrously wrong with the gravy. I remember it being the topic and joke of Thanksgiving for years to come. It felt like it either exploded, or someone added baking soda instead of corn starch. I thought it was a fiasco at the time, everyone chose to make it a fun and humorous thing instead of allowing it to cause tension. Thanksgiving was a garden of opportunity in a variety of ways, but it was always a great time!
This year I will not be headed to my grandma’s, but we will be making our own family memories. Whatever your holiday traditions are, remember the important things. Take time to remember the less fortunate, and give your time, resources, or just your love. Take time to be positive and choose to see the bright side. There always is one. Life passes too quickly if you aren’t careful and you never know what tomorrow will bring. Though I wouldn’t recommend trying to blow up the gravy, do SOMETHING intentional to make this holiday memorable one!
Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!