Thanksgiving is a wonderful time when family and friends gather to create a feeling of togetherness and belonging that is like food for the soul. A time to count our blessings and share in a bountiful array of goodness that is prepared with old and new recipes alike. A time to feel the crisp autumnal breeze that perimeters the air. Beautiful leaves that are abundant, falling from trees spreading the different shades of autumn colors all along our walking space.
One Thanksgiving Day stands out in my mind. My children were youngsters and my parents were still here with me to celebrate this beautiful day. I went shopping a week before to prepare for the special feast that was to be held at my home. All the ingredients that were needed to put together a homemade meal with old and new recipes alike. Vegetables, potatoes, salads,berries, gravy, desserts and of course the star of the dinner, the turkey that graced the table with its golden goodness. A traditional Thanksgiving staple that personifies the true meaning of the holiday.
The turkey went in very early and as it was cooking, my mom , my daughters and I chopped, diced, stired and baked all the delectable dishes. Three generations of women helping and adding their own touch to this special meal. My mom’s tasty stuffing that she learned to make from my grandmother. My sweet potato pie that I made from a recipe given to me by a friend. My girls went through magazines searching for a Thanksgiving salad with walnuts and cranberries. All of us working with one another to put together a magnificent feast. The warmth and coziness of sharing and enjoying each others company in an atmosphere of love and togetherness. Learning from one another, helping to create tasty platters of goodness.
As the meal was placed on the table, we all gathered around to marvel at the beauty and bountifulness of this day. All the food groups and then some were present on the table. Many colors that brightened the atmosphere. Green vegetables, orange and white sweet potato pie, red cranberry sauce and the golden brown turkey. As we all sat around the table, my parents,children, husband and I paused a moment to give thanks for the many blessings we were bestowed. A loving family, a warm home, a delicious dinner and God looking down on us. It was a home like feel with homed made food. The most important people in my life were all present at this feast. My dog even stayed close to the table knowing she would get some turkey too. Thanksgiving is a beautiful time to reflect, be thankful and enjoy the many gifts we are given. I will never forget that Thanksgiving and always think back on it. Thanksgiving is about family and friends and sharing which is something my family still does and hopefully will always do as time goes on and Thanksgiving comes again.