As we all head off for family and friends to overeat and relax for a day and as we save our energy to shop till we drop, I just wanted to say be safe and enjoy the little things. Our children will only be young for such a short period of time and the excitement on their faces as they watch a parade for the first time or enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season last but an instant. Remember that now is a time to reconnect and take the time to make special memories. Thanksgiving is a time to say thanks for what we have but it is also a time to make our relationships to our children, family and friends that much stronger.
My Thanksgiving Memories: (in no particular order)
Grandma always came for dinner.
My job was to peel the potatoes and later I would slowly pour in the milk (and a little butter) as the old White Sunbeam mixer turned them into mashed potatoes.
We’d clean everything (I don’t know why but we always cleaned): the bathroom, the kitchen (I always had to scrub the kitchen floor while my brother hid upstairs.)
Watch the parade (had to be channel 2 because that was the only channel we would get the parade on.)
Eat baby pickles and olives till we burst (we only had pickles and olives on special occasions.)
Put the extra leaf in the table and set up the spare chairs (Uncle Art would always show up just in the nick of time) and setting the table with the holiday tablecloth and napkins (I don’t why we didn’t use our shirt sleeves like any other day.)
Asking incessantly “when’s dinner?”
Cranberries and Green Beans (always had cranberries and green beans).
The smells of the turkey cooking, the pumpkin pie.
Watching football in dad’s chair, (getting kicked out of dad’s chair because dad wanted to sleep as he watched football.)
Playing Bridge with the adults.
And eating…and eating…and eating.
Now, our children are fully grown and my wife and I are the parents who go to visit them. One thing remains the same, we’re making memories. The perspective may have changed but the making of memories hasn’t. Enjoy the holiday, be thankful for all that you have, and help make good memories (they’re what lasts the longest).