(Above is this year's Kiddo and the Turkey photo. You can check out previous years' editions here.)
We were supposed to have my sister, brother-in-law and nephews with us for Thanksgiving this year. They were supposed to come up last year, too, but illness prevented them from making the trip (it was the dreaded swine flu, which had felled our house over Halloween). This year, my sister and I kept careful watch on the kids, and no one was appearing germy, so we thought we were good to go. A decently sized turkey and inordinate amounts of potatoes and broccoli were purchased and stored. Fixings for pies were gathered. The guest bed was unearthed from beneath the piles of clothes I'd been sorting upon it, beds were made up, the house was cleaned. On the other end, my sister was packing up clothes and dog gear, making sandwiches and loading the cooler.
You know where this is going, right? Yep. Late Tuesday afternoon, less than 18 hours before they were planning to leave, one of my nephews got sick. Not just a little sick, either, but majorly sick. Once again, the Thanksgiving trip had to be canceled. Many tears were shed by the cousins here and in Jersey, and much disappointment and sadness felt by the grown-ups, too, but what can you do? A sick kid is a sick kid and we all know you can't travel 6-8 hours with a really sick kid. At least we will see them in a month at Christmas...
In a "making lemons out of lemonade" - or, more accurately, a "uh-oh, how are we going to eat a 16 pound bird plus four pounds of potatoes, stuffing and broccoli apiece" moment - I called up some friends who were neither traveling or cooking Thanksgiving this year and invited them to join us. Happily, they agreed to spend their holiday with us here at Chez Smith, so I will not need to see if it is, in fact, physically possible to burst the drawstring on my yoga pants by sheer carbohydrate ingestion. (Oh, and did I mention the pies? I made two - apple and pecan. Even did the apple pie's crust from scratch. Go me!)
So, we will have a table full of friends and food in just a few short hours. Wherever and however you plan to spend the day, I hope it is likewise full of family, friends, food and fun. Also, if you have a pair of Thanksgiving pants, I am majorly jealous.