My family is usually out of town on Thanksgiving, but this year, we were home – cooking a giant turkey and watching the Cowboys. Mom always puts a lot of thought into the decorations – I kind of photo-document the entire day. It’s pretty fun… I slept in till 10 am! So luxurious 🙂
Ah, nothing like stuffing a cold slippery turkey! My brother did a great job.
One thing my family does on Thanksgiving (when we’re not out of town) is pull out the old tablecloth Mom started using a while back. We all decide what we are thankful for, and write it in pencil on the table cloth. Any guests we happen to have do the same. Later, Mom goes back over them all and embroiders them. Some of us kids included things when we were really little (everything from strawberry soda to whale toothbrushes!), while our parents and grandparents document their gratitude for things such as their jobs, new dishwashers, or salvation by grace. It’s a pretty amazing tradition. Maybe someday I’ll carry it on with my family.
We also took care of my friend’s dog, Pecos Bill, over the holiday. He’s a sweet beagle with noble eyes (who convinced us he absolutely would starve if he did not receive a tidbit of turkey). He also licked the whipped cream out of my bowl and slept in our armchair – in short, he was a model guest, and we loved having him. I used the opportunity to take a few pictures of him and his loving ‘wife’, my dog Sugar.
Things have been stressful lately, haven’t they? Yet in the midst of all these whirling hours, there is still some peace. There is still an order to our universe. Our brains are still receiving, interpreting, and responding to thousands of messages every second. There is still a King on His throne. There are still watchful creatures in sunny fields.