“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”
~ Irv Kupcinet
Thanksgiving Day Thursday 26 november 2015 circa 7:27 am
It's early; all I hear are the sounds of silence: a clock's tick; a creak here, there; an occasional car. Today, the atmospheric conditions are just right and I can hear a plane take off from National Airport, easily 5 miles away…and closer to home: the sound of the Metro train.
My mind travels to Thanksgivings at home with my parents and sister. It was just generally we four for our extended family were in Oregon, Louisiana and New York…When we lived in Muskegon, I think we might've spent an occasional Thanksgiving in Chicago and when we lived to Toledo, I know we went several times to Detroit - there, my great aunt Susie, my maternal grandma's oldest sister lived…and she could fix a mean pot of creole gumbo (both my parents' roots are in Louisiana). But generally, we were home: we four, no more …or so I remember.
Our Thanksgiving meals were always plentiful:
- beef roast, ham, and roasting hen - my mother didn't like turkey very much…so, we had hens.
- cornbread dressing - always cooked separately from the hen;
- mashed white potatoes and baked sweet potatoes; macaroni & cheese. My mom “rocked” some mac -n-cheese: she cooked elbow macaroni and added healthy chunks of cheddar cheese, egg and milk - never flour - and baked. Yummy. Another of her favorites, but not mine: scalloped potatoes; they were tasty but not my taste;
- broccoli, and/or Brussel sprouts, and green beans; occasionally acorn squash;
- fresh cranberries - cooking them was my responsibility from about the time I was 7-8 years old…and
- fresh lake trout - if my dad had been fishing and successful with a catch;
- desserts I don't remember tho' I'm sure there were some - my dad liked sweets and usually someone gave us a pie or cake…and we always had ice cream.
we did not eat all that food in one sitting; we had plenty leftovers- they always tasted better to me - or we froze for future meals.
I cooked my last big meal several years ago… These days, we're the guests and take a dish; I usually make corn pudding. Yum!
Here's wishing you the best Thanksgiving. Enjoy not only the food but also the memories.
PS. Don't eat too much!