We’re nearly there, folks. Well, those of us who celebrate Thanksgiving in the US of A. The Canucks beat us to it and the rest of the world doesn’t celebrate it. Still, as I’ve said before, Thanksgiving is a special holiday to me. It’s about food, family, friends, and taking stock of what’s good in life.
Some of my favorite memories spring from the Thanksgiving table, too. For instance, I will never forget the year my staid and dignified grandmother was given the honor of one of the turkey legs and my cat decided he wanted to share. They played a brief game of tug-of-war before my grandmother – the most ladylike and non-violent of women – took the tukey leg and used it to smack my cat on the head. No, she didn’t do it hard enough to hurt him, but it sure startled the heck out of him!
And then there was the year I was seven when I’d just learned to make pie crust. That was the year I started making the pumpkin pie. I’ve made it every year since, but nothing matches the pride I felt that first time when everyone around the table was so impressed – including me.
The first Thanksgiving after my mother died was rough to get through. Mom had ruled the kitchen and the holiday table with a velvet-covered iron fist. She’d been an amazing cook. In fact, pretty much the only thing she was no good at was…pie crust. With Mom gone, my father and I were a bit lost. I will never forget the good friends who invited us to share Thanksgiving with them that year. They fed us well, both with food and with comfort for two people in mourning for an extraordinary woman. Every time I think of that night and those friends, my heart is filled with gratitude and love.
Then there was my first Thanksgiving with Mr. Twistie, when I came to realize I had a second freakish kitchen talent: in addition to the always-successful pie crust, it would appear that I’m incapable of roasting a dry turkey. It turned out crispy on the outside and perfectly moist on the inside.
I can’t wait to see what new memories we make this year.
So what about you? Do you have any great Thanksgiving (or other holiday feast) memories you’d like to share?