This year our thanksgiving was a week early. Which was nice. My oldest cooked along side her dad. I was able to rest and enjoy the event instead of having to go to bed because I got too tired. The room was filled with good smells and everyone was together. All were present around the table this year. It is a memory I will treasure.
It brought me back to my fondest memories around grandma’s table. This was the focal point to most holidays in her house. If you cook they will come, was her style. There was always plenty of food and all were welcome. I wish I could go back in time to enjoy the food that was served at that table. You knew what love was if you tasted her meats, salads, biscuits with butter, deserts and always room for jello meals.
All had a job if you sat around that table to eat. If you were old enough you did cooking prep. Or brought something from your kitchen to be served. The youngest male took the trash out. The older men kept grandpa from getting under foot while she cooked. The younger girls did clean up. When the tasks were done and the meal was put away, the table became the game room. Many card games, monopoly, and marble games were played around her table. The laughter and conversations that filled that room, I miss. Plus, it was those who sat around the table who made the holidays special. Grandpa who was grumpy, Grandma who was the glue to the family, and cemented everyone together. You just knew you were loved. Then there was my dad with his many fishing stories, my mom was the rule maker of tradition, Aunt Bonnie who you just knew loved you, and uncle Ed who always had a story or antidote to tell. Then there was my Aunt Connie, who was an aunt but closer to my cousins age than her sisters, and my many cousins. As we grew older, so did the people around the table. Spouses, cousins, and grandkids shared in the big events.
Today as I remember that time, I am reminded that we need to reach out to those around us. Yes, holidays can be stressful with family and friends, but if you do it with love they are memories that will last a life time.