I am so excited I had to write about it. I grew up in a house that celebrated all the holiday's in traditional fashion, but lived so far away from extended family that I don't recall ever visiting Grandma and Grandpa for any of the various holidays, or them visiting us. I'm sure they did and I'm sure we did, I was just too small to remember it. At a ripe old age of not 39 I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, 4 children, 3 cats. There is nothing but family. They live down the street and further down the road in a town close enough to get there in 20 minutes. They live in Meyeresdale and off of Cumberland Highway running all the way to West Virginia. We have relatives coming out of every nook and cranny. We even have relatives of relatives so that makes them family. Of course the group would not be complete with some young fresh face youth in dark suits and name tags. They are tag along's at every family function and they are just happy to be with us. We are over joyed to have them along for the fun. This gregarious group is coming to our house to celebrate this momentous holiday. This holiday to put all others to rest. This isn't a religious holiday it isn't someone's birthday no it isn't even a pagen holiday.. It is an American Holiday... Canada too but they don't count, because they think it's in October.
Jason's getting a couple of tables from the church and we are putting them up in our makeshift play room with toys piled high on all sides. I will make a turkey and many of these relatives will come to feast on Turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, noodles and gravy, sweet potatoes (yams) corn, baked beans and green bean casserole, rolls and just about any pie you can think of. Apple, cherry, chocolate, coconut cream, banana cream, and mousie mistake of course. By the way this is not a carb free meal. We will have Donna's magic slush that has no secret ingredients, and we will stuff ourselves with more food than any health conscious human being should ever eat in one sitting. We will skip breakfast and eat light the night before to justify it. If the weather is nice the kids will play football, while they wait for this delicious delight. After the meal or while we consume dessert we will then play the adult game of reminisce about old times and talk politics. We will all declare the government and society in the worse shape ever, no matter who is in office, and provide the solution our enlightened minds and theirs (the opposition) could not possibly come up with. If they would only listen to us the world would be such an obviously better place. No poverty, no crime, and the economy on the right track. Uncles will tell questionable jokes and aunts will laugh at them under their breathes while the delighted nephews aren't afraid and laugh with a full rolling laughs eyes twinkling as they realize the joke is on them. The women will fuss about how there is too much food and how will we ever eat it this weekend, but somehow they will find a way to use it without any going to waste.
I am more excited than any red blooded American woman should be considering the work involved, but this is my last with our oldest son Jacob who will soon serve a mission for our church. He will be gone for two years and this is it. This is his last few memories of home.This to us is Thanks Giving!