Thanksgiving

Well another Turkey day has come and gone. Not the happiest day I have spent but not too bad. I am worried about Dad and sad that he had to spend it at the hospital.Not sure about the whole trip to NY deal. I am still worried about the whole airfare to Savannah debacle and various people have various issues…sigh…
MOSTLY it was great! Niki got up early and made lovely, moist pumpkin muffins from scratch! Curt whipped up some homemade applesauce and sausage. We gathered downstairs for breakfast and the Macy’s Parade. We ate and watched and commented for a couple hours. A nice, cozy family time. It was different in that we had snow on the ground and it was actually a pleasant 50 in NY.
Then the work began, prepping the turkey, finishing off the sweet potato casserole, peeling potatoes, making the cranberry sauces (Sean!). Interspersed with cleaning the house, de-cluttering and setting the table. Erin pitched in with appetizers; cheese, bread,pickles,veggies and a super spicy dip!
Keely arrived promptly at 3 when I ran in to shower and dress! The Mullens arrived as expected about 3:45. Although the rain had begun and the skies were gray we gathered in the living room that was warmed with the light of candles and rich, silk autumn leaves. We ate and laughed and drank and enjoyed each others company for awhile.
Then it was time to feast. we all rushed about getting the food on the table, putting serving spoons in all the dishes and making sure everyone had something to drink.
Keely said a quick grace for us and then as we all tucked into the food we took some time to share what we were thankful for this year. Humorous or sentimental we all shared a bit of ourselves. The food was delicious, the turkey very flavorful, a wonderful melange of flavors. As the wine poured freely we toasted each other and music, food and other fun!
Just as we finished Janice, Dom and John showed up. We popped another bottle of wine and visited. Some quick kitchen work, food away,serving bowls soaking, dishwasher loaded and we were ready for dessert! Yummm Pie!!
Nicholas had a long discussion with John about classic film. Interesting!
Then a small contingent decided to head out to see the newest Harry Potter.
Curt, Erin, Christine, Haley and Niki slipped out to the 8:30 showing. Keely went home and Janice and I had a nice, long chat .The boys played some Malarky, sucked helium from Niki’s old birthday balloons and finally resorted to the video game console.
All the various guests were home and in bed by midnight. Haley slept over so that the girls could head out shopping at 4 AM!!! Better them than me!
So yes, a lovely Thanksgiving for the memory book!

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Another piece of my heart…

Maybe your heart gets numb after missing a chunk of it for awhile. It was not nearly so difficult, at the time, to leave Erin at college, as it was to leave Marc. Still I can feel it, another chunk, torn from my heart. I know that leaving her at school is a positive thing. that I have done what I was supposed to for the last 18 years. Prepared her to leave. But I wish I could take it back..all the time gone… I wish she was 4 and so cute and sweet, she broke hearts. I wish she was 8 and so full of fun and imagination. I even wish she was 16 and learning to drive and have a boyfriend. I just wish she wasn’t gone….