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Sunday, November 28, 2010

With the preparations for Thanksgiving dinner, and then the following downtime, I wasn't able to post.

I hope that everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful day! (I hope those of you who don't celebrate Thanksgiving also had a wonderful day!)

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I had decided to go ahead and make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, even though I wasn't sure how many would be here for dinner. My elder son and his wife recently moved out of state and are just getting settled and my younger son was not sure whether he was scheduled to work. So we thought that there might well be just my husband, the medical student who is living with us, possibly one of his classmates, along with me for dinner.

Come Thanksgiving, I tend to channel my Mom, who cooked for holiday meals as if there were at least a battalion arriving, who'd been on short rations for a month. Despite my paring down the menu, I knew that if we bought a turkey, we might have a massive amount of leftovers, but I decided to get one anyway.

Wayne, the med student, suddenly had a contact from a cousin who wished to visit this week and we agreed not only to the visit but to have him join us for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Then we heard that there were some students from Taiwan that were friends of his cousin, who had been in the country for about six months and they asked if it might be possible to invite them.

So, where we thought that we might have four to six people,we ended up with eight. (It turned out that my younger son and his girlfriend were not able to come after all.)

We had a wonderful time! The three girls were delightful; very enthusiastic and curious about the custom of Thanksgiving and the food. They enjoyed everything and even took pictures of the turkey! They were unfamiliar with Reddi-Whip and this provided an some impromptu entertainment.

They were completely enamored of my dog, Meka and our cat, Carolina.

The conversations were enjoyable and easy.

It was wonderful to be able to share dinner and our home with people we would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. It's good to see ourselves from another point of view!

Another benefit was that it cut down on leftovers, though it didn't eliminate them completely!

This made me think too, that one of the things I'm thankful for is Spark People; for many of the same reasons I am thankful for sharing with these guests. I find here different perspectives and points of view, but common issues as well, along with friendship and support.

So, thank you, my Spark Friends, for being there in that same spontaneous and yet consistent way!
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    Oh What a wonderful thing you did for all the people. I knew you would cook up a storm! emoticon emoticon

    We also hosted 14 people. It was fun and delicious!

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    3537 days ago
    It sounds like you had a wonderful day. I too have the problem when cooking for Thanksgiving of channeling my Mom. She is not the best cook in the world ( or even kind of close to being)..but we always had 10 or 15 or 20 people at the table and it never bothered her at all, there was always plenty of food. My husband doesn't get that you would want stuffing and sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes and carrots and peas and turnips ( ok, not turnips yeck!), and green beans and those little onions in butter sauce. This year I let him cook and he made steaks. Once upon a time that would have bothered me but this year I was thankful that I didn't have to spend the day cooking and I went for a nice long walk. I did make pumpkin pie because some things just aren't negotiable.
    3538 days ago
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