Did you know that there is a direct connection between Mary’s little lamb and the national celebration of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November? [No, footballs are made from pigskin.] Both are the work of an amazing "little lady"-- Sarah Josepha Hale.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is one of my favorite family holidays. I have a lot to be thankful for. I have my husband who has put up with me for 37 years, four grown children, a son-in-law, two grandsons, and a granddaughter on the way. Both my husband and I have large extended families to whom we have close ties.
Last Friday, I read to the kindergarten classes at West Platte Elementary. We read Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr. The phrase "Run, Turkey, Run!" is repeated many times in the book, which is perfect for audience participation! The students did a good job of helping me read the book. Good work kindergarteners!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to be with family. When you are sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table, do you talk about sports? Maybe you argue about politics? Or, do you talk about family – about those who are no longer with us? Holiday times are a great time to ask the older generation questions about family. That’s also a time when more questions come up. "Why did great grandpa go to California to live? "What was grandma’s maiden name?" "Where did my red hair come from?" "What nationality are we?" Sometimes other family me
On the fourth Thursday of every November, we give thanks. Thanks, in part, that we are not turkeys!
Traditionally, we roast a whole turkey for Thanksgiving and eat only a small portion of it. After Thanksgiving, we eat turkey soup, turkey noodles, turkey dumplings, turkey sandwiches, turkey tetrazzini, turkey a la king, turkey casserole, stir-fried turkey, turkey surprise, turkey burgers, turkey chili, flaming turkey wings, and associated Thanksgiving leftovers until Christmas. Then, we cook another turkey and start the process anew!
My husband and I switched to a vegan diet last spring (read my blog about it: "Going Vegan"). We have traditionally hosted my family’s Thanksgiving dinner at our house. This year, we have been discussing how to satisfy the wants and needs of my family’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner and our new vegan diet. I have decided to buy a pre-cooked turkey from our grocery store. Whatever is left of it, I’ll send home with everyone. Mashed potatoes are no problem using soy milk and no butter.
Where has 2011 gone? When I was little and adults told me "time flies when you’re a grown up," I thought they were making that up. Now I know that they were right, and I want to find a pause button or at least an option to make certain times go slower than others. But alas, there is no slow option for life – except for when you’re flying anywhere – time always seems to crawl when you’re on a plane.