Hopefully everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and celebrated according to their family traditions. I must admit this Thanksgiving was very different, but it was also one I’ll always remember as being very special.
Although my 91-year-old mother had numerous invitations from her family, she wanted to be home on Thanksgiving. Upon hearing this, I immediately volunteered to cook Thanksgiving dinner at her farmhouse. As I was mentally preparing a menu that included turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce, I asked Mom what she wanted me to cook. Much to my total …
surprise, she said, ‘I want you to fix lobster for Thanksgiving dinner and I’ll bake a pumpkin pie.’ My first thoughts were: Are you kidding me? What a great idea! I am so going to enjoy this!
Mom’s and my Thanksgiving was wonderful. We had the Macy’s parade on while we visited. The lobster and potatoes were delicious, and the best part was watching Hallmark movies all afternoon and into the evening with my mother. We talked and laughed about Thanksgiving pasts when there would be as many as 30-40 of us celebrating at the farm. We laughed about our well going dry one Thanksgiving and how everything came to an immediate stop while the brothers hauled water to the well.
Mom and I commented in disbelief at how quickly 2018 is disappearing into the sunset. It seems like only yesterday it was June and she and I traveled on a road trip to Little Rock for her grandson’s wedding. We laughed about getting lost on the Arkansas country roads when we decided to be adventurous and map out a route she and Dad would have taken if he was there.
This Thanksgiving was so different from those earlier years, but yet oh so special. I’m very thankful to be able to spend time with my mother and to listen to her many stories of raising me, my four brothers and my five sisters. What a remarkable woman who now relishes the quiet evenings of a good book or a funny movie or a beautiful sunset. Thanksgiving 2018 was the Best!
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