Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pass the Turkey and a Chair!

It is good to be part of life.
just as the sundial counts only sunny hours,
so does life know only it is living.
           Herbert George Wells
  
         
Under cover of darkness the exchange was made (not really, I have always wanted to start a mystery like that). Well there was no mystery here…. A huge roasting pan was exchanged in the driveway of a house which was now deserted, the lid was lifted to make sure the goods were exactly that which was agreed upon earlier, yes it was all there and the buttered smothered, stuffed with Mom’s traditional recipe for stuffing turkey now sat secured in the back of my Jeep waiting to make the trip to the farm far away. I do know this does sounds like a strange way to start a very early Thanksgiving morning but you have to understand that Tess makes better stuffing than I (at least that is what I tell her). She had volunteered to provide the turkey, and transporting a cold stuffed turkey is easier and probably safer than a fully roasted hot turkey stuffed with delectable stuffing in a hot soon to be gravy broth. The exchange was made half way between both our houses and then the bird was whisked quickly back to the farm then straight to the oven. Now the festivities beginning later in the day would officially have the main course.


Everything was ready due to all that planning and preparation in the days before basically meaning a little spit and polish here and there, a lot chopping and baking so now all that was left was the waiting for the guests to arrive. The first to arrive was my Mom which was one of our important guests of honour, the next all important guest of honour Oma would arrive later. The house was going to be very full yes it always has been when we celebrate this holiday. This was something I knew I was not the only person thinking and possibly worrying about when Donny showed up with a huge box. Well, being the girl I am I was wondering what this gift could be then he showed me the photo on the other side of the box. He proceeded to open the box and revealed a desk chair on wheels, OK it was nice but why had he brought a chair I asked. “This way I knew I would get a seat as there is never enough”, this was a proven fact.


My Hero and Donny with a few tools provided in the box put that chair together in record time and Donny now had a seat. I have never had anyone bring a chair in a box to a Thanksgiving dinner, that Donny is a very wise man. Later when everyone was looking for a spot, including myself, while juggling my own plate there was Donny smiling ear to ear, rolling around to any place he wanted to sit.There were people sitting in every available chair, some sitting on the floor, I noticed one or two sitting on the window sill in the kitchen. There was two very crowded rooms of people with full of turkey and all the fixings  plates they were trying to juggle, there was an assortment of  muddy shoes from that earlier hike to the woods by the door, oh yes that Donny was one wise man as he sat in his chair on wheels with his full plate in his hands eating as comfortable as any person I had ever seen. My Dad would have loved that brilliant idea of showing up with a chair in a box, Donny reminds me of my Dad. My Mom and Oma had a prime spot at the head of the table with a view of the outdoors where the cows lingered in the field. I could see my girls enjoying a conversation with both their Grandma’s. Oh how I loved these times with all that noise, the confusion, the smell and the feast of course.


After the turkey, the stuffing, and most of that Thanksgiving feast was consumed and everyone had headed off to their own homes with full bellies and their heads full of memories I sat in a very soft chair with my feet up. Then with the house so quiet, the memories of long ago flooded my mind and I remember this was exactly like the dinners my Grandma, Grandpa, Great Grandmother, Aunts, Uncles and all those cousins used to share in the house in the city when I was a child.  The exact same memories of, wall to wall people juggling plates, the sound of children’s laughter, lots of noise, a counter and sink full of dishes and more importantly an abundance of love.


I do miss those loved ones now gone but have never forgotten those memories of how there seemed to always be a scramble for seats and everyone could be seen with big smiles on their faces enjoying all that noise, the confusion, the wonderful smells and the delicious feast. Oh yes the tradition continues, I also wondered if my Grandma was as exhausted at the end as I was, and I wondered if she may have also said never again but always knew she would.


Later

51 comments:

  1. I really love this B. This is why Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year - all the family getting together and making wonderful food. I loved how you closed by talking about your Grandma :)

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  2. Ah! Sounds like you had a great day with family!

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  3. What a rich, lovely time, my friend! I could almost smell the turkey all the way here in Texas. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. What a good time you had I believe. You have made memories for the young ones there, and in the future someone in your family will sit with their feet up, saying what you said. Hugs M xx

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  5. sounds like a perfect day was had by all!! Now to eat all the leftovers!

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  6. LOL Buttons...you should write a book! A suspense mystery, taking place in "the Bush"! :) I'm glad you had such a wonderful time with your family!

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  7. Girl you should get a book published of short stories . Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for family and out door fall fun ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a good week !

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  8. It is exhausting to be the hostess, but so worth it to provide those memories - your post made me excited for our Thanksgiving :-)

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  9. It's been years since I've been part of a huge Thanksgiving with lots of family. Your post is so heartwarming. You have a sweet way of remembering the smallest details with such love. You have a big heart.

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  10. Great way of getting us all in the mood for thanksgiving! -and your U.S. pals still have to wait another month...it is going to be tough.

    ;)

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  11. hehe....love the "mysterious" turkey exchange...i hope you had some leftovers to keep. i love me a good turkey and stuffing sandwich, the day after!!

    but most of all i loved hearing all about your special day, sounds perfect!!

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  12. Donny was too clever and too funny. this sounds a wonderful place to have been before and now on TG...great post.

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  13. You have a whole year to rest up before you do it all again and a good long spell before Christmas and likely another family feast.
    I think from now on when I go to things like this I will throw a lawn chair in the trunk of the car...lesson learned.

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  14. What a wonderful day! I love big family get togethers.
    I love the shoes pic :) FUN!

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  15. Hee hee "Under the cover of darkness an exchange was made !"Oh Buttons I always love your writing skills!
    A lot to be thankful for that day with. Great everyone with their heads um er um ~ feet together (love it ) :) Beautiful family gathering.

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  16. It sounds wonderful Buttons! I love Thanksgiving and ours is coming next month.

    Have a truly blessed day!

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  17. Oh, wow. How lovely.

    Of course, now all I can think about is gravy...

    Pearl

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  18. B,

    Thanksgiving together with family is always exciting and exhausting at the end of the day. It's so nice to hear you had a house full of family, enjoying the holiday together.

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  19. A great celebration Buttons! I love the group foot shot!

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  20. Oh that is too funny he brought his own chair! Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving :-)

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  21. love that he brought his own chair! even having to assemble it before hand!

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  22. Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving. Wonderful photos my friend.

    Hugs~

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  23. Sounds like you had a glorious Thanksgiving! One for the record books! Now, here's hoping you're putting your tired feet up for a little R & R!

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  24. You are most fortunate to have a large family gathering at Thanksgiving. These celebrations wee done in my father's generation but sadly not in ours.

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  25. The making of memories be it this generation, or the one before it, is so important.

    We need to gather as family and friends, crowding into small warm rooms, and talk to each other..it keeps the world moving forward.

    And yes, your friend was very clever to bring his own chair, now did he leave it for next time?

    Jen

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  26. Excellent!! Such a wonderful description of this years holiday. Great photos too!

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  27. Canadians are SO wise to have Thanksgiving loooong before Christmas and when the weather is a little more trustworthy for travel. The U.S. decision makers are famous for messing things up.

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  28. Such a wonderful story, B! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. It brought back memories for me--when I was growing up, we'd have meals at my grandparents' house and it would be full of people, sitting everywhere with plates on their laps.

    That is too funny that Donny brought his own chair. :-)

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  29. Sounds like a wonderful family celebration! Happy Thanksgiving! What a good idea to bring your own chair, too. Love the photos and the sweet, sweet memories. Hugs xoxo

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  30. I love your opening line, haha! I'm glad you had a nice time celebrating with your family. I'm sure your grandma was exhausted at the end of each Thanksgiving just like you :)

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  31. Thanksgiving as it should be, sharing, caring and good food ! x

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  32. So glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, Buttons!

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  33. Loved reading this. You seem to be a happy grateful button. Happy belated Thanksgiving.

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  34. What a great time with your family and love the way your start this post...so cute!

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  35. From reading your post, looked like you had a splendid day with your family. Love the shot of all the shoes and legs.

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  36. What a beautiful day - just the way its supposed to be remembered...you are a special one to have that many people over, Buttons!

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  37. How wonderful that so many from your family can still get together. My family all lives so far apart and in the states. They will be celebrating later in November. I don't do turkey dinners at our place anymore as all our friends have thier families over to thier place so we usually are invited to spend it with one of them. Get to enjoy all the good food and family atmosphere even if it isn't my own. Sounds like you had a wonderful one.

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  38. Love that Donny brought his own chair that had to be assembled. Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  39. Sounds like you had a great day!!! And none of the work of preparing the bird!!! My Thanksgiving was quiet...

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  40. This is such a tender story. Making memories, family and relationships are really the most important jobs of living. You carrying on the Thanksgiving tradition is very sweet. And I just have to smile at the thought of Donny happily zooming around on his office chair. That's such a great image. I wonder if he'll bring it again next year. :-)

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  41. Oh, dear B, this is such a sweet post. I miss those huge dinners my family used to have. It seems that after my grandma was gone, the family just drifted apart. I never realized she was the glue that held everyone together. But how I enjoyed hearing about your gathering, and Donny's chair-that sure made me giggle!

    Once again, I want you to know how much I appreciate your unfailing support of what I write. I don't deserve it because I've been a less than good blog friend lately-but you always come though and it does not go unnoticed. Thank you, my friend, from the bottom of my heart:) xx

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  42. Gotta love someone who brings their own chair.

    This sounds like the old holiday dinners we used to have.

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  43. Memories and tradition. It's what keeps us going I think.

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  44. Hello Buttons : )
    Thank you for stopping by my blog !
    I loved your story here and the pictures were perfect too.
    I will always be thinking of the chair on wheels at Thanksgiving now, hahaha ! Wise man indeed ;- )
    Joy

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  45. Happy Belated Thanksgiving, Miss B!

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  46. 'Saying never again but always knowing we would'. So true. But isn't that what memories are made of?

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  47. I love a house full of people like this and I love the quiet at the end too. I so miss my aunts and uncles that have passed. We used to have a lot of gatherings with them.

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