knitxcore.: Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Being a grown-up is so strange, especially in the middle part.

I remember being a kid and sitting at the kitchen table making stuffing, while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on a little red television. I would stand on my knees to reach the bowl and squish up all of the bread while stealing tiny bits of sausage. It was such a lazy day, I could stay in my pajamas if I wanted to. I could watch TV all day. I wasn't expected to eat a ton or forced take leftovers back to my house where they would eventually be forgotten about.

Being a grown-up on Thanksgiving is so much different! I have to get up early and put on nice clothes. I have to stop at the liquor store, so we don't arrive at people's homes empty handed. I have to wear fancy shoes that hurt a little and engage in conversation with the adults.

While I don't mind these things, I'd love to be be able to stay at home, make my own stuffing and watch whatever I want.

This morning I did get to watch the parade and it brought me to tears (the happy kind). As the giant balloons and floats made their way down 34th street, they brought so many memories of Thanksgiving's past with them.


After taking the time to recapture the nostalgia that made Thanksgiving so special before, I had a pseudo-epiphany.

Thanksgiving isn't so bad after all!
I get to eat good food and spend time with family that I don't see very often. I don't have to wash dishes or stick my hands in the turkey butt.

I'm thankful for that.

6 comments:

steven andrew said...

Hahah, I love the last part. I love that you remember your childhood Thanksgivings so well! :)
Hope you have a great day!

Sian Lile said...

love the film, and hope you had a good day!

Jessi said...

Happy Thanksgiving Robbie!

Jo said...

that photo is classic. beautiful. wish we all had these kinds of photographs in our archive (though we don't have thanksgiving in Australia...

Rae said...

i love that video.
i miss thanksgiving feeling magical and lazy too. now that im married we spend the whole day rushing to family events (both our families live near by) and it isnt' relaxing at all. i wish we had the excuse that we couldn't travel this year and could have had the day to ourselves. oh well.

Marlena said...

My favorite childhood memories of Thanksgiving is the anticipation of the pie. It just doesn't hold the same allure as an adult. The pie itself does of course! But I mean hanging out by the desserts all day, sneaking bits of crust... and my Gramma's banana pudding with Nilla wafers. Oh man, I haven't had that in years!

Even though I'm the family vegetarian, I still prepare the whole feast, turkey included. A couple of years ago my sister walked into the kitchen while I was elbow deep in turkey and said she couldn't watch. The greatest part of the last couple of Thanksgivings is that my older nephew has taken an interest in helping. We have the coolest conversation while we chop vegetables and stir (he makes the stuffing!). I like to imagine we'll be together in the kitchen years from now, only he'll be able to show me a thing or two!