Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope all of you have a terrific, safe and blessed Thanksgiving and do so with much to be thankful for. I know I'm certainly thankful for the many blessings I've experienced.

Shortly before Thanksgiving, my dad would bring home a large green and white box from work with a turkey inside (no, it wasn't alive still). Since this was an annual custom, my mom had already cleared enough space in the fridge for the large bird.

On Turkey Day she'd spend the greater part of the day cooking the turkey and all the trimmings and I couldn't wait to sit down at the table and gorge myself silly, which I wasted no time doing. I'd eat way too fast and get full way too quickly; and then after all that anticipation and those gastric juices driving me to a frenzy, dinner was over.

Eventually mom got tired of the chore of making the turkey every year and we started eating out on T-Day, something I wasn't too crazy about. Turkey at a restaurant just isn't the same as homemade turkey at, well, at home. One year she announced we weren't even going to have turkey on Thanksgiving, but instead we were going to a Chinese restaurant!

Augh!!! A Chinese restaurant on Thanksgiving???

I boycotted that year. Amy was sympathetic enough to invite me to dinner with her family and I accepted. I don't remember the name of the restaurant but I do remember it was some place in Rowland Heights or Hacienda Heights with a motto like, "I promise good food at fair prices." Actually I did go there later on for a regular meal and the food wasn't bad at all. But not for Thanksgiving!

In recent years, my sister has done the cooking. Normally, we have T-Day lunch at her house and then.. gasp, dinner at a Chinese restaurant with Julie's side of the family! At least the past couple of years the restaurant made a turkey and I must admit it was pretty good.

This year will be a little different. Everyone is coming over for lunch and my sister will be picking up our folks from Keiro and bringing them over. Then we're heading to Julie's brother's house for dinner (I'm assuming it is going to be turkey and this isn't an ambush).

I remember one year a co-worker told me she refused to go to a relative's house with her parents on T-Day and was instead going to be all by herself. No need to feel sorry for her, she said, because she was going to devour Jack in the Box tacos for her Thanksgiving meal. She loved JIB tacos as much as I do, so she was really looking forward to that.

When I saw her again, I asked her how the tacos were. She'd driven to JIB eager with anticipation and discovered they were closed. But that was okay; she was happy she didn't have to go to the dreaded relative's house.

You know, it really doesn't matter what the meal is. The main thing is that we do indeed have much to be thankful for. With how crazy a year this has been, I am just thankful that we will be able to celebrate it with family.

May your Thanksgiving be a blessed one!

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