The day after tomorrow is MJ’s favorite holiday of the year! From our first Thanksgiving together, in 1978, until this weeks model, I have understood the importance of the celebration!
Over the past 30 + years we have been hosting the event in our home. For many of those years we celebrated in our four room house in Elkville. There were years that we had upwards of 25 people…we were close…both in fellowship and physical space!
I vividly recall getting a new camcorder in the late 80’s and recording video of the events for posterity. Now, I need to have the tapes transferred to DVD in order to watch them.
I remember our niece, Tara, riding with Aaron, Jonathon, and me to the theatre, after dinner, to see, Father Of The Bride, and Tara talking about how excited that she was to be, soon, turning 16. She was so happy and jubilant that it made my holiday complete!
On another Thanksgiving, Berl, MJ’s father came to enjoy dinner with us in our new house in Carbondale. As he was walking to his car to go home…he fell and gashed his head. The blood flowed! We were all frightened! We rushed him to the hospital and they quickly put him into a hospital bed. A few minutes later Jonathon and Aaron and I went in to see him. There he sat, upright in bed, with a big grin on his face and talking a mile a minute! When the, young, nurse entered to check up on him…he told her that she was beautiful and that it was a shame that he had a ring on his finger! He then reared up to peer at her hands and noted that it appeared that she had a ring on her finger, as well! Soon, Fernie, Berl’s wife entered the room and Berl became much more sedate and circumspect!
As the nurse exited the hospital room she commented, ‘he is a ;pistol!’
We have had turkey for most of the 30 + years of our annual feast. Our first year in Carbondale, 18 years ago, we had a massive bone to discard when the picking was concluded. I had the bright idea to place the bone with a little meat hanging on it…by our pond…and let the numerous animals, that cross our yard, have a turkey feast! I thought that the bone would be taken away by a grateful four legged diner? After some time, I had to retrieve the, gross and neglected, remains…and dispose of them.
When we moved to Carbondale and the’ big house’…we vowed to purchase a live Christmas Tree. Thus, the day after Thanksgiving…we visited the local nursery. We purchased a lovely fir tree and the special stand to sit it in. We also bought holiday regalia to make the upcoming Christmas special and had the tree delivered the next day. The first thing that we found out was that we had obtained our live tree about two weeks earlier than appropriate….Because it is…live! And so, we bought a wash tub to place the tree in and watered and waited…until 10 days before Christmas.
After Christmas was the coup de gras when we took the, live, tree into our front yard and planted it…into the very hard soil! MJ watched from the window as I placed the new member into the natural wonder of our yard…and she said…it is a little cooked…don’t you think? I responded that it was not the planting that was crooked, but the tree.
‘A. Tree Grew In Carbondale,’ and it was more crooked each year!
Mrs. Moore attended almost all of our Thanksgivings. Her face radiated her enjoyment and pleasure! When I think of Thanksgiving…I think of Mrs. Moore!
One Thanksgiving Eve, it came a serious ice and snow storm. It was early in the last decade, not long after we had moved from our four room house to our 10 room house. As I slipped and slid home, not able to distinguish where the road ended and the massive ditches began, I thought of the many times that I had braved the elements in pursuit of holiday cheer! My foreman called me not long after I had arrived home to ensure that I was safe. They had heard that a Toyota, Camry, which I drove at that time, had been involved in an accident and the passenger rushed to the hospital. I was grateful to be home and I was moved that they were concerned about me!
This Thursday the food will be delicious and the feast sumptuous…but it is the people that sit next to us….That make the difference!