Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Simple Thanks on Thanksgiving Eve

The way I see most people living these days, their lives seem more complicated than they need to be. I am thankful for my quiet, uncomplicated life.

Being one of those loner types who's happier with her horses and her animals than an office full of people, I relish the quiet, simplicity my days bring. I am truly blessed. I am extremely thankful.

These days Hubby and I don't make a big deal out of the Thanksgiving holiday. Growing up, my family consisted of me and my parents. I was (am) an only child. We had a quiet trio during our Thanksgiving holidays. My mom never liked to cook. The one turkey she tried to fix was a disaster so she vowed never to bother again. We usually had ham.

When I married my husband, his family of two older brothers and his parents, always had a turkey and a family gathering. As those extended families grew, we all gathered at my mother-in-law's house every Thanksgiving. The gathering was oddly foreign to me but I liked it for the first 10 or so years. Then, things got complicated. Kids grew up. Families split up. It just wasn't the same. I'm thankful my sons had the opportunity to be a part of those good memories with their cousins, aunts and uncles. Something I didn't experience growing up.

The past 5 years, my husband and I have stayed home (though his parents live down the road from us) and had food prepared for a simple holiday, for us to enjoy. We haven't made it a big deal. I know he misses those family dinners with his parents, brothers and their families. But, lives and times move on. Personally, I like that we've simplified.

This year we have a new member in our family, our beautiful daughter-in-law, wife of #1 son. Still seems strange to refer to her as a daughter-in-law. She's really been a member of the family since the late nineties when she and #1 son met through the church youth group. But at any rate, we have added one more to our family of four. They are suppose to come to the area for a visit tomorrow. Her parents and grandparents still live here too. I told #1 son I don't want them to feel rushed, obligated, or make the day complicated. Just come over when they're able to. We'll have smoked turkey breast (Hubby enjoys using his smoker twice a year!) and some other goodies. Simple. Life is so much easier when you try to keep it simple!

I am thankful for the life I have and remembering that on this holiday is my primary goal. My family is whole. My sons are healthy. My husband and I still care about each other, he is my best friend as well as my husband. We don't have a lot of debt. My horses are healthy and winter ready. We're in good shape at the moment. Simple thanks are all that's required.

"Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just the baggage enough." Charles Dudley Warner-American essayist.

"Teach us to delight in simple things." Rudyard Kipling


Linda Reznicek said...

My parentes raised our turkeys one year and one of them was so big, it could NEVER fit into an oven--I think it was over 40 lbs--made the nightly news--they called it teradactyl turkey--they took it to the meat store and had them smoke it. It was the best turkey I've ever had. So, enjoy your smoked turkey and the wonderful Thanksgiving you have planned with your hubby. :)

LJS82 said...

Thanks, Linda! Same to you!

Funny story! Great memory for you about the teradactyl turkey. Made me laugh.

Hubby got the turkey done last night. Not bad. He also did some sweet potatoes and made some bread in "his" bread machine. I don't make bread in the machine because his has always come out better than mine! I'm making a couple of pumpkin pies today and some packaged stuffing. The packaged stuffing is not something Hubby likes. His mom always made it from scratch. I don't like the fuss!

Both sons will be here later, and daughter-in-law, so we'll have a nice visit. No sit down type dinner, just eat when they feel like it, then we'll go outside. Suppose to be great weather for us today.