Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Favorite Memory & A Few Thankful Thoughts

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite times of the year. My families annual Thanksgiving dinner takes place at my grandparents house with an abundance of food, drinks, chaos, loudness, laughter, and more desserts than should be legal. There's something very traditional and comforting about it. In all of my 20 something years, I've only missed Thanksgiving once.

Several years ago, my best friend had moved out of town and due to her job wouldn't be able to be home for the holiday. She was miserable at the prospect of facing her first Thanksgiving without her family, and as her friend I refused to let her be alone. Neither of us had ever spent a major holiday without our immediate family or had any idea of all the time and effort that goes into preparing such an elaborate dinner. Actually, we had no idea how to even prepare a turkey or properly time the cooking of all the sides so that we didn't have cold green bean casserole and lukewarm mashed potatoes.

There were a lot of tears of frustration and both of us wishing we were home that year but also a lot of laughs and bonding over the ridiculousness of the absurdity of it all. That year, we cooked turkey breasts on the Foreman instead of a full turkey; the green beans came straight from a can, nuked in the microwave; the potatoes horribly lumpy because she didn't own a mixer; and the pumpkin pie was store bought Thanksgiving morning, half price because the store was closing for the holiday. There was nothing traditional about it, yet there in that moment we had everything we needed and made the best of the situation. Truth be told, its one of my favorite Thanksgiving memories.




This year as I am gathering with my family taking part in the traditional festivities I'll be remembering those who aren't with their families for whatever reason. I'll be taking time to remember what I'm thankful for and the blessings that have made my life incredibly rich in this past year including my family, my friends, and my health.

One of those blessings that I feel compelled to expand upon is YOU. Thank you for always taking time out of your busy days to read what I've written, sharing a part of yourself with me through your comments, and continually inspiring me to better myself. I am very grateful for each and every comment I receive and am incredibly lucky to call many of you my friends.

I hope you all have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

15 comments:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I have never had to cook my own Thanksgiving dinner - the thought of it is kind of intimidating. My little sister is hosting her in-laws today so is cooking her first thanksgiving meal and I am kind of in awe of her!!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am thankful for you as well - I'm so glad I found your blog!!

Liz said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I loved that story, you are a very good friend.

jnyfritz said...

and i am thankful for you!!! have a fantastic thanksgiving!!! lots of hugs!!!

Erin said...

Happy Thanksgiving Mandy! I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing day full of love and tasty food. :)

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Last Thanksgiving was my first spent away from my family and my best friend came over and me, her and Eric made a chicken and a mini-Thanksgiving dinner. It was great but I really missed home.

I was away from home this year on the Canadian Thanksgiving, too, but I hope to go back next year!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving lady! XO

Jamie Lovely said...

Happy Thanksgiving Mandy!!

nory said...

I've never cooked my own entire dinner either; I can make the sides though! My brother is vegetarian so I usually make a "main dish," that he can eat as well. I love to cook but dealing with the turkey makes me a tad nervous!

Great post; made me smile and also made me a tad teary.
<3 you!

Ray said...

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Mandy!

Little Fish said...

Cute story. I've missed Thanksgiving twice. The firat time was because I was living in Europe. I was really upset about it, but at least everything else about living in Europe was amazing. The second time was because of work and there is nothing redeeming to say. I was living in Rhode Island and working in retail, since we were required to work the next day there was no way that I could get to my parents house in New Jersey and be back in time! One of the other managers invited me and another friend to her and her husbands house. There were only four of us, it was not at all festive and, because she was such a picky eater, my coworkers husband didn't make any traditional foods! Risotto and broccoli rabe are two of my favorite things, but not on Thanksgiving. I swore then that I would never miss Thanksgiving again and so far I haven't :-)

Ashley said...

That's such a sweet story, Mandy. You are an amazing friends. I've spent several Thanksgivings away from family, and while I don't mind too much since Christmas is so near, I look forward to having my own traditions in the future where I won't be alone.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

i hope you had a great holiday mandy : )

mycynicalpov said...

I love this time of year. I hope your holiday was lovely.

Kyla Roma said...

Well lady, it goes with out saying but I'l say it- we're thankful for you!!

Hope you had a great thanksgiving!

Bayjb said...

Aww honey I would always take time to read what you write. It's always so inspiring and thoughtful. Makes me think all the time. I'm thankful for you too.

Auburn Kat said...

Thanksgiving was always a big holiday for my ex and I. Since we usually traveled to spend time with our own families for Christmas and we couldn't take time off for Thanksgiving we always prepared a huge Thanksgiving meal for ourselves and a couple of friends. It really was my fav holiday to spend with him.