Thanksgiving Day was a gathering of four interconnected familes that ranged in age from 18 months to 86 years. We were cared for by at least two grandmothers and two mothers, and like the pilgrims and Indians each family brought food.
Eldon brought the meat from a 22 lb turkey. He has devoloped his skill at roasting a turkey and taking the flavored meat off bones so that all carving could be done before we were seated at the table. On reflection last night, The Old Fool realized that he missed seeing the roasted turkey being carried to the table and carved as part of the Thanksgiving meal ceremony.
I overheard my eleven year old grandson ask his father, How do you know which turkey has white meat and which has dark meat? Carving the turkey in front of children is an educational event that we missed. Oh well, so much for the ways of the young. In addition to the turkey there was mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, dressing (filling and stuffing). green beans, brocoli & cheese, (aforementioned grandsons favorite diish,) apple, pumpkin, and shoo fly pies and a few other dishes too numerous to mention.
After the meal the younger men went to the theatre below to watch the football game and sleep, the children went to the playroom below, and we who were older chated about life. Three of us were pastors so there was plenty story telling. We talked about the beloved ones who had left us in the past year. The Old Fool had made copies of “I will not be afraid.” distributed them and we sang the song in memory of Rhoda, Rachel and me traveling to Florida in 1950 and singing as we went.
By mid afternoon grandson Daniel took me to his den. (Daniel’s den!) Instead of lions, he has powerful computer systems with which he can download Rhoda’s memorial services on The Old Fool’s Website. This will require at least a month’s colaboration between us, so readers will have that time to anticipate.
Without saying it at the feast, The Old Fool was most grateful for the gift of forgiveness that Rhoda gave him. When asked what made it possible to live together so many years we answered without consulting, “forgiveness”
This afternoon, Eldon, Conrad, Zack and The Old Fool plan to go to the Jasper Pulasky state park to see the gathering of the Sandhill Cranes enroute to Florida. Sensible birds!