Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Make Way for Thanksgiving Day
We have new plans for Thanksgiving Day. Alex is still coughing... the ugly cough that makes people fidget and the cougher suffer... it's best we stay home and not share our bio-hazards. So, we miss out on family time with aunts and cousins, grandma, uncles. Sigh.
Forward! Let us not reflect on disappointment, or my still sensitive thumb from last year's cranberry calamity. Once I realized we were playing by a new game plan, I hustled over to our local market and picked up fixin's. Turkey. Dressing mix. Cranberries. Apples. Heavy cream. Whole wheat flour. 2 lemons. Evaporated milk. Celery. And more... all the staples, all of the classics and traditional flavors, all of the wholesome ingredients and some of the bizarre yet necessary things, like cranberry sauce in a can and a can of Easy Cheeze. Yes, Easy Cheeze. For the celery. Yes, crappy, cheap cheese from a can squirted out unto celery sticks.
Thanksgiving is a personal holiday. It is a holiday with a long, and often misunderstood history. I was about to launch into one of my favorite history lessons, told with my Native sensibilities, but I really don't have time. Suffice it to say: Thanksgiving is a personal holiday. Everyone likes it the way they like it and no one should have to give up their favorite version of cranberry sauce or whatever. Which is why I hope someone gets her egg rolls, and Calamity Kim doesn't go crazy trying to serve 5 different "favorite" main courses!
What was I saying? Oh yes, I don't have time. I should be preparing pies and making that ridiculous cranberry sauce that I love so much. And, of course, there's a lot of cleaning that could be done. Even as I prepare to embark on this cooking-cleaning-baking triathlon, I am full of gratitude... we've got the essentials, like shelter and food, warmth, good shoes, a safe car, supportive bras, and plenty of toilet paper and hand soap, and we have the intangibles... laughter, respect, kindness, love, curiosity, patience, resilience, hope. I pray for peace and healing for all, for light and reflection in every home, in every heart.