My husband and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. We were not sure what to expect. After all, for the first time ever it was just the two of us. But we put together a detailed plan and managed to pull it off without a hitch. God is indeed good!
We were up at the crack of dawn. After Bible reading and half hour each on the elliptical, Mitch went down to the underground storage area of our house. He pulled out our Christmas tree and many boxes of decorations and hauled them in to the living room. By eight o’clock, we had the tree set up. By noon, most of the decorations had been put in their appropriate places around the house, new batteries inserted.
At 1:00pm we began preparing our Thanksgiving meal. A baked turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, baked stuffing, candied yams, braised brussels sprouts, and a loaf of French bread. Yes, this was just for the two of us, and it was delicious. For once, we are looking forward to all the leftovers.
We also took time to touch base with all our friends and family. Brothers and sisters, nephews and aunts and uncles, Mitch’s mom. Lastly, our good friends Sherri and Barry, who just moved to Montana. Everyone was in high spirits, and it was heartwarming talking to each one of them.
After eating, we hung the hundreds of ornaments we have collected over the years on the tree. No, ours is not a themed or color-coordinated tree. It is more a monument to our life together. Hanging ornaments is a guaranteed walk down memory lane. We marvel at the time gone by when we hang ornaments made by our daughters as children. And we’re like children ourselves at the travel memories brought to mind by a bauble from a far-away city.
It was close to bedtime when we were finally empty enough to enjoy a piece of pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream. Who am I kidding? Mitch would not have gone to bed without it, still full or not. It was the perfect way to end a perfect day. Although we missed the usual cacophony of entertaining, the quiet gave us a surplus of time to reflect. We realize more than ever that we have so very much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving Day.