Really Real Thanksgiving Post
I had a hard time figuring out how to write this one, even though I knew what I wanted to say.
Thanksgiving is really hard for me. It’s one of my favorite, but also least favorite holidays of the year. It holds the best memories, but also the some of the hardest.
I mean, it’s a holiday and that’s kind of what happens around holidays, we link a lot of memories to these “special days” and it makes sense that some of them aren’t going to be great. Maybe a lot of them. But hopefully we have some good ones.
I remember the first holiday meal that I offered to host was a Thanksgiving, probably 14 years ago. I didn’t own any sort of mixer except for one of those hand crank mixers and I made mashed potatoes from scratch using one of those. I got one hell of an arm work out.
My older sister bought me my stand mixer for Christmas that year and it was the start of us bonding online, over a love of cooking. I still have that Kitchen Aid. It’s one of the things I carried through countless moves and stored through homelessness and carried across state lines. It means the world to me because of the bond it represents between my sister and I. (This is another one of those things she may have no clue about, Hi Sis!)
It also reminds me of that first Thanksgiving that I hosted. That first Thanksgiving is also where I found the recipe for my turkey.
I’m so thankful every year I get to make the turkey.
Everyone loves my turkey.
But some years I didn’t get to make the turkey.
One year we were too broke to buy dinner so we went to a soup kitchen instead.
One year we were in a hotel provided by the Red Cross, eating dinner out of Styrofoam containers sent over by a church, because we’d had a house fire 2 days before.
And holidays are still hard. Thanksgiving was the first major holiday without Parker. It hit me today that this is the 3rd one without her and that just seems impossible that it’s been that long.
This year it’s the first major holiday with Kidlet all grown up and moved out.
But I’m always happier when I get to make the turkey, and it’s kind of funny when we are going to someones house and I offer to bring a turkey, but they are normally kind of thankful, I think.
And I make a really damn good turkey (as the anxiety hits that I’m going to fuck it up this year, but that’s a pretty typical anxiety for me).
But I’m thankful that I’m spending the day with friends and with the woman I love.
I’m thankful that I get to make the turkey.