November 24, 2005

Thanks Given

Yesterday I battled with desperate shoppers, miraculously at Whole Foods at 2pm on a Wednesday (don’t they have to work?). It was a brutal battle, just to stand in front of the cream cooler, not to mention a wide circle around the stuffing display. Every check-out was open with a line of three or more waiting.

In the isles I witnessed confused young men, shopping lists in hand and one girl talking on the phone, “Mom…Mom…so water chestnuts? Mom….just tell me what I need to bring.”

Once out of the store, the roads were filled with two kinds of drivers, people going so slowly they might as well have been studying the fall colors and those people driving at a panicked speed, zipping around all the stunned, slow movers. It was pandemonium. Never again will I attempt to grocery shop the day before Thanksgiving.

But I did it, and once safely back at home, with all the necessary fixings for homemade pizza last night and a simple spread of our favorite thanksgiving carbs for today, I started feeling a little of that thankfulness.

Today, SB and I had our own, two person meal, with stuffing, potatoes, yams, and cranberry. Eaten while we watched Muppets from Space, an SB family tradition, muppet movies on Thanksgiving. After which, SB headed off to work and I escaped out the front door to enjoy Georgia’s late November weather, sunny and in the 60s (could this be real?).

On my walk I thought about Thanksgivings past. How much fun my family had in Amsterdam in 1999. The time my old friend John and I attempted to make a Tofurkey and found out that they are small four legged creatures, cat sized but with wings. The year my sister and I celebrated with a random group of my friends and feasted on homemade pasta. And finally, the many years growing-up eating varieties of nut loaf and proving that a vegetarian diet doesn’t equal starvation.

Here’s hoping that your day is filled with wonderful food (from soup to loaf), friendship and laughter.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Marijka

    Comment by Arielle — November 24, 2005 @ 6:14 pm

  2. happy thanksgiving !! we ended up not venturing to Nashville this year. I realize that I never did communicate that with you. Sorry!

    Comment by Rosie — November 25, 2005 @ 12:38 pm

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