Four days until Thanksgiving means it’s time to get my act together.
The first thing, my favorite, is setting the table which means bringing out the dryer hose pumpkins and the Della Robbia dishes. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at this house without them!
The challenge is thinking of some new way to use them each year. Hmmm, how about mixing them with some almost real pumpkins, a few fall leaves and some green apples?
As I add each piece to the table, I am overwhelmed by memories.
Some memories are of people who are no longer with us and whose chairs have been filled by new family members.
Other memories are of years when our family was a little out of sync. Those may not be the most pleasant, but they, too, are part of our Thanksgiving story.
As every item is brought out, I think of where it came from and who brought a special little treasure to add to the table.
Most of all I think about all that my family has to be thankful for which is reason enough to put all else behind us.
As I hold on to those few things that are repeated year after year, I find myself hoping that when daughters take over this holiday they might hold on to them, too.
With the table done and reflections safely stored, it’s time to move to the next step, thinking about what is needed from the grocery for the familiar favorites that will be on the table.
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