I went to my brother's in Mahomet, Ill. as usual this year for Thanksgiving dinner. It takes a little over an hour to get to his home and all the way I'm flat out salivating!
I actually began to envision the table as I put the car in reverse, and started to back out of my drive. I know, I'm disgusting...but you've got to understand, as a single person I rarely cook anymore.
It's a tradition in our family...you arrive early and everyone helps prepare the meal. There is always some great wine and and horsdoeuves to enjoy while the preparations take place.
My job this year was the gravy. Since, as you know, this is one of the last dishes to happen...I had plenty of time to graze the horsdoeuves, enjoy the wine, catch up on family 'business', and play with the little ones running around before I was called to duty.
My brother Ron really put the pressure on when it was time to make the gravy...first of all he announced that he wanted it 'velvety smooth'. I thought, no problem, I can do that...then he handed me a recipe. If I had known I was going to have to follow a recipe for gravy I wouldn't have had that last glass of wine!
The table was beautifully set and the food was spectacular, even the gravy. All ten of us, (7 adults and 3 toddlers), held hands as my brother led us in prayer. The meal came together only a little over an hour late...but no one noticed. We were all having too much fun.
I ate until I felt like the turkey...stuffed. I'm not certain, but I think my feet even swelled up! On the drive home I couldn't help but think about how miserable I was and all the people in the world who go hungry every day.
I woke up this morning still full...and knew I had to do something to repent. I went to the store, purchased two bags of groceries, and took them to the local food pantry.
I was still full...but I felt better.
I'd like to say "I will never eat too much on Thanksgiving day ever again" but it would be a lie....then I would have to repent for that. So for now I hope the two bags of groceries will make up for my glutenous ways...until next year.
No questions today...I just want to express my thankfulness for the pure joy that family brings into my life.
My own daughter and grandson are far away in New York. It's so wonderful to spend these holidays with my brother and his wife, their two girls, their husbands, and their young families.
There is nothing quite so pleasurable as the sound of little feet running through the house and family hugs.
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I sincerely hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving,
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