HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ALL OF US (IT’S JUST ME)
“ON THE ROAD WITH DAVE”
I updated “Comedy This Exit” with a Thanksgiving Day message and also “Skyler’s Gravel Road” was updated by “the wooden alter-ego” Skyler Leglantier. I held up publishing anything here until this evening, mainly because I wanted to spend the day with my family.
Our house was filled with the smells of cooking early this morning. The usual holiday fare was prepared. Turkey, two kinds of cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy (regular and giblet), rolls, roasted broccoli, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, greens, and several different pies for dessert were on the menu. It was a bountiful “harvest” that we were truly grateful for.
I was most thankful for the guests scattered from the kitchen to the dining area to the living room. This year, family members shared the work of the meal. My wife prepared the turkey and a gravy; I prepared the eggs and the giblet gravy; my daughter did the vegetables, and my mother-in-law was in charge of her famous yeast rolls and pies. The cooperative effort was delicious and took some work off of my wife’s yearly holiday preparations. It was nice for the whole family to contribute.
I was blessed with the company of my wife, our two sons, my daughter and my son-in-law and our grandson and my mother-in-law. Also a close family friend attended the dinner and our sons’ friend(and our “adopted” son) will join us later this evening for left-overs. Oh, and I don’t want to leave out our dog, my mother-in-law’s dog, and our outside cats. (The cats got the treat of eating the cooked giblets as their Thanksgiving meal)
I mention the guest list because I want you to know that my family is a loud-talking, boisterous, opinionated group of people and when there are 10 of us in a room– the conversations are loud, varied, boisterous and opinionated. Add a TV with a football game on and two yappy dogs and the noise can be…umm…noisy.
I sat, eating and carrying on different conversations with different family members. I listened as other conversations began, gained interest of others, and then died out as other conversations began the process all over again. I’m not sure how to describe the feeling I had as I observed all of this. I would say it was a feeling of comfort, of contentment, and a sense of satisfaction for the family I had been graced with.
As turkey-tryptophan calmness later swept the household, I noticed people viewing their cellphones, checking their Facebook accounts, and paying more attention to the television. And yet, still there was a connection. A head on the shoulder, a quick kiss, some joking back and forth, and a quick family photo before people began to leave.
If we all took the time to list everything we should be thankful for, the list would or should be quite long. If I began the list with reasons why I am thankful for, above all, my family– the list would be endless.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2015 TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY–
SAFE JOURNEYS ON THE ROAD .