Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Day Before Thanksgiving

I bought ribbon candy last night. And a big prime rib roast.  And pumpkin.  And asparagus.  And potatoes.  And cream cheese.  And crackers.  And nuts.  And lots of soda pop - both sugared and non-sugared.  Whipped cream.  2 pounds of butter.  Filled candy.  And lots of other stuff.  

I am so grateful that all three of my kids will be here tomorrow.  And grateful that we all decided to have beef instead of turkey.  I am grateful that I have a car to drive to the store.  And money with which to purchase groceries.  

I remember one special Thanksgiving when I was sober about 5 years.  I lived in a little apartment and didn't have a car.  My kids and I made up our shopping list for Thanksgiving dinner.  There were three columns.  One for the food item.  One for the estimated cost.  And one for the estimated weight.  The weight was as important as the cost, since we were carrying it all back home.  We decided on that Thanksgiving to have a roast beef instead of turkey due to weight.  It was a wonderful trip to the grocery store, and it was a wonderful Thanksgiving.

They all have their own charm.  But I am grateful that at this point in life it is not necessary for me to be overly concerned with weight or cost.  I am grateful that this year I am concerned with letting those I love know how very much I love them.  I am grateful that there are a million ways to show that instead of just talking about it.  

I am off to a 6:30 meeting - well, after I get bathed and dressed, that is.  Another day of work, and then I am off for 4 days.  Woo!  Hoo!

14 comments:

Scott said...

wonderful :-) Happy Thanksgiving MC!

J-Online said...

I'm hungry now. Sounds like a wonderful meal. I just love how pretty the ribbon candly looks. Wishing you and your family a wonder day togethther. Happpy Thanksgiving MC...One day early.

dAAve said...

I don't worry about the weight of the food BEFORE I eat it. It's my weight AFTER I eat it.

Scott W said...

I thought you were gonna say you had to take out a loan for that big prime rib roast. Food has gotten so expensive! Are you still making Yorkshire pudding? YUMMY!!!

Pam said...

oh honey, that reminded me of basing my trips with the kids on how much transmission fluid we had to pour into the car.
enjoy your day sweet potato pie.

Trailboss said...

What a great list. It is good to be thankful. Tis the time of year for that.

Enjoy your kids, I know you will!

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Happy Thanksgiving, what a great post and hope your holiday is filled with all the love you share!

G

A Girl said...

Your 5 year sober Thanksgiving sounds like mine...small apartment,walking,ect. I'm glad to know that even though it was simple it stands out in your mind as special.
I need to look at this Thanksgiving in the same way...

Syd said...

Like that candy. It looks too good to eat. All those nonlinear shapes.

Hope that you have a great day at work and ease through it with the holiday on your mind.

Cat said...

Have a great Thanksgiving!

♥Shann♥ said...

good morning and Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!! mmm that candy looks too pretty to eat.. where does one buy ribbon candy?? ☺

Lou said...

You brought back memories of our lean years. I'm glad for those years because I now know the difference between having enough & having too much.

Findon said...

What a way to start a post. All that food. It made me laugh out loud. Many thanks and have a great thanks giving.

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Mary Christine! I love prime rib - even more than I love turkey! Today my boyfriend and I will join my parents and siblings at a German restaurant where some of us will have turkey and some of us will have goose.

I'm thankful all for what I have and that I am sober.

Willa