It has been my practice over the past few years to work at making Thanksgiving a happily memorable family event. For a few years after my son died on Thanksgiving weekend it was very difficult but with the table set for eight and all ready to get the show on the road there were suddenly 11 at the table and I knew it was all good. The next three hours were full of good food, good wine, and lots of laughter.
For the benefit of my faithful readers in different places on the planet it was Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. That means many things to many people but to me it means making good memories. Where I live in this beautiful country makes that even easier because the fabulous fall colours, the balmy warm days and cool nights make every glance and move just about perfect. Add to that the wonder of being able to share it all with family and those moments become momentous.
No it was not all I had always wanted it to be but in that moment and today as I cleaned up dishes and clutter the smile on my face could not be erased. We were able to have some of my partner’s family here including his 86 year old mother. It saddens us to think this this may be the last Thanksgiving with her but that was certainly not the focus. She had been concerned about missing the Toronto Blue Jays game so wasn’t sure she would come until modern technology saved the day. Everyone at the table was warned not to spoil the outcome of the game and Mom and the rest of Bee’s family went off to watch the game after dinner was finished. Three cheers for the PVR and that Mom could be the 9th at the table.
My daughter and her three children were all here which warmed my heart. A few minutes before they arrived I got a text saying my granddaughter had decided to come and they hoped it would be OK to bring her friend Jack. Of course it was OK. Bring the world and just grab another chair out of the barn on the way past. “The more the merrier” is the saying and it was so true.
Suddenly my table for eight expanded to 11 but all was good with the world. God is Good and I am Thankful for all I have. And yes the Blue Jays won the game.
Note to self for next family dinner:
- Buy more wine glasses
- Drink more wine while preparing dinner
- Don’t worry so much – it all works out
- Don’t plan a dinner for the same day as a baseball playoff game
- Make the dinning room bigger
- Don’t go the Norfolk County Fair the Day before the dinner cause you will be exhausted.