As I sit here on the Monday before Thanksgiving, I am amazed at how quickly this year has flown by. I cannot believe this will be the 4th year without Mama here, and I can’t believe this is the last one as a child in my mothers home. Who knows where life will take me now, and while I may end up on the other side of the world I will always carry the memories of my families thanksgiving celebrations. When I think of thanksgiving…
…I think of my Mama cooking a lot. Lots of stress, and typical disasters. Well, I guess they might not be typical for every family, but they sure were for mine. I remember setting up the tables and always wanting to sit at the adult table, but never being allowed. I remember making placemats personally for everybody. When I think of the foods, I remember most specifically the fruit salad I guess? With mandarin oranges, marshmallows, and coconut in it. Mama loved that stuff. I thought it was gross. I remember even more so the cranberry salad, and thinking how gross it was, and now it is my thanksgiving staple that I hope to pass down to my children one day.
My family thanksgivings were far from pictures perfect. There was never fancy place settings, and I have never seen a full turkey. We were never super dressed up and looking our best. But it was ours. Despite the tiffs, and the mistakes, it would come together every year, and we would be thankful to have each other so near.
Since Mama has passed away, things have been far from normal. But it’s still good, her blood certainly flows through our veins and it comes out every year, whether we mix up the tea in the sugar canister instead of the pitcher on accident, ( that was great tea by the way) or we drop a whole carton of eggs on the floor. We have new people with us on thanksgiving, and it continues to change and grow. But all in all, it doesn’t truly matter as long as your family is near.
So this thanksgiving make sure to hold your family close, laugh at your mistakes, and embrace what you have been given.
So I’m starting something….despite the way it may look I promise it wont be tacky. I’m attempting to get myself to write more, and do more on this blog, so I have assigned myself topics I guess to write about each day. Monday’s will be Meaningful (or memory) Mondays. I will mostly be writing about things that mean something to me, whether it be something I read, or a memory laying heavy on my heart. I hope you will enjoy!