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Love for Thanksgiving; an acquired taste

Thanksgiving is a wonderful day for so many reasons but for a long time it was my least favorite holiday.  It is the day when lots of unresolved family issues have a way of bubbling to the surface.  For a long time, I associated this day with family quarrels. Until one year I spent it alone with my high-school boyfriend.  We had steak.  Hands down, that was the best Thanksgiving ever. That handsome young buck is now my husband.

Years later a new tradition began.  My friend Alex would always come into town the day before Thanksgiving.  It would be the one day of the year that we’d go out, catch up and have a few drinks together.  For those few years Thanksgiving was synonymous with hangover. 

One year we had our pre-Thanksgiving festivities at home.  My aunt came over with my family and our friends.  It was our mission to make pies for the next day.  I don’t know if it was the new Kitchen-Aid mixer or the flow of the merlot, but we couldn’t stop.  We were preparing dessert for a crew of 16, yet we ended up with 19 pies.  That’s a lot O’ pie.

My uncle and my husband were not quite entertained by the fact that our alcohol fueled baking spree did produce a bounty of dessert… and a kickin’ hangover.  It was a quiet dinner that year. 

As we got older and children entered the picture, my friend Alex and I saw each other less and our Wednesday before Thanksgiving activities stopped.  I haven’t cooked a holiday meal in a few years. 

I don’t hate this holiday anymore.  As I snuggled up on couch this morning, watching the Macy’s parade with my husband and my son, I realized that this holiday isn’t all bad.  It is just like everything in life – it is what you make of it.  Although it will be different each year, some things will remain the same.  Thanksgiving means taking the time to spend with those that you love and considering what you are truly grateful for.  Even if what you are truly grateful for is aspirin and alka seltzer.

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Is “Vending Machine” a category on the food pyramid?

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It is approximately half way through the fall semester.  I am feeling the “mid semester slump” in a very real way.  The honeymoon phase is officially over.  The honeymoon phase only last a couple of weeks; it is the beginning of each semester when it is all fun and exciting to consider all that you will be learning.  Then routine sets in and the work load starts to wear you out.  Before you know it, you are racing around trying to get it all done, reducing your sleep, running your body down and constantly feeling like you are “coming down with something”.  Before you know it you are on a steady diet of coffee, Theraflu and dinner comes from a vending machine twice a week. 

Not ideal.

I am going to have to use the next school break to detox and live on a diet of celery sticks and OJ. 

Wait, the next break is Thanksgiving. 

That plan may not work out.

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Back to Life… Back to Reality

So that’s it.  Summer is over.  It was fleeting.

Typically I live up to Labor Day in denial that fall is upon us.  This year I have attempted to embrace the coming season. I have spent the last few weeks organizing, washing, folding, sorting and storing household items in preparation of the school season for about 2 weeks now.  My son has grown almost an inch and it is quite clear judging by the clothing that he has outgrown!

This summer has been one of the best that we have had in years.  The weather was so hot it and so sticky – it was wonderful.  I spent the summer with my boys almost exclusively.  I am going through a reclusive phase.

At the beginning of each season, I declare it is the one I love the best.  So this is why I shall affirm, for now, that autumn is my favorite season. 

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These are a few of my favorite fall things:  the crisp air, the taste of a New York Macintosh apple, hockey, carving pumpkins, snuggling on the couch on cool evenings when the days are so short, creamy homemade soups in freshly baked bread bowls, warm apple cider donuts, hoodies, the bristling of the leaves beneath your feet as you follow behind your child trick or treating, hot mulled cider, the vibrant colors on the landscape, apple picking, the routine, Columbus Day, sweaters, haunted hay rides, homemade apple pie,  the anticipation of Thanksgiving, and a new season of my favorite shows to watch with our good friends. 

Yet as I see the first hint of fall colors grazing the leaves, I do regret the passing of summer.  I will miss the hummingbirds.

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