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Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving begins in the kitchen. Although I have handed out the recipe, I am still responsible for making the stuffing. The turkey barely fit in the roasting pan. I needed Henry’s help.

Betsy at Thanksgiving

Betsy was the host this year. It’s good she has so much counter space.  Here she is, almost ready. I have to say that as devoted as I am to eating local food, I am  happy that we can also eat delicious fruits and vegetables from far away. Without oranges and sweet potatoes, tea and coffee, cinnamon and all the spices of Araby, our Massachusetts Thanksgiving would not be what it is. I am grateful for all the precious foods from around the country and around the world.

Thanksgiving pie

Too much going on during dinner to take photos. Just before dinner Colleen was complaining about her history class which was all about the U.S. Constitution.  She did not find the document riveting, but as the rest of us began talking about it we realized we had a lot to say about the Bill of Rights, although we couldn’t identify half of them by number. Fortunately through the magic of Google, Bing and the Internet, I called up a copy of the Constitution  with all its amendments. Before anyone was allowed to put fork to mouth I read all 10 Amendments that make up the Bill of Rights; we found controversy even in our little group and there was lively discussion. Next year I thought we could read the rest of the Amendments. Colleen just rolled her eyes.  The camera came out again –  at the same time as the pies.

Thanksgiving is all about sharing.  Caitlin even shared her tunes with The Major.

Diane and Tricia planned a Black Friday shopping trip, but Michelle was going to be busy in her own shop Michelle Willey’s in Boston. It’s a great place to gift shop for those who love to make their home beautiful and comfortable. Of course, the danger is you might find something you love, too. You can even do some shopping on line now.

We hope you all had as full and rich a day with gratitude for the blessings we share as American citizens. Maybe next year we’ll look at the Mayflower Compact. Didn’t it all really begin there?

4 comments to Thanksgiving 2010

  • Pat, I love this story about your Thanksgiving, including your nod to food and spices of other places. I hosted a young couple from Saudi Arabia for several weeks earlier this fall. It was great fun to share different flavors as well as different perspectives on the world. Re: your Bill of Rights discussion, it may inspire some of us to start a new Thanksgiving tradition!

  • Betsy

    One of the many great things about your blog is documenting these family moments. Thanks so much to everyone for making this Thanksgiving so memorable – and reminding me that I have very much to be thankful of, most of all a wonderful family!

  • Pat

    Helene – It is wonderful to be able to see a little more deeply into the customs of other countries, and perhaps more deeply into our own as well.
    Betsy – A friendly and happy, and healthy family is certainly my greatest blessing.

  • David Curry

    I was glad to attend, vicariously – for, after all, my constitution couldn’t stand ANOTHER big dinner – your Thanksgiving dinner. We had a good one here too, with Donna’s family in rural Iowa. Then Gib and family came down to spend the weekend with us. And to begin the traditional Christmas activities! Love to you all. David

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