Thanksgiving: Place Your Bets

A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING (©1973)

A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING (©1973)

It’s that time of year again. Time to break-out mother’s antique table clothe. Dust-off grandma’s china. And polish the silverware I haven’t seen since I put it away last December. Yep, It’s Thanksgiving! A great time of year for getting together with family and reflecting on all we have to be thankful for. Unless, of course, you’re a member of my family. If you’re a part of my family chances are you’re already placing bets on who’s going to be the first one to get “mad and leave” declaring loudly, “I’m going home!” Or, who’s going to be first to “groan in complaint” about how “hard” they worked on the green bean casserole to either a) solicit praise from the other guests and/or b) have the hard work validated and hereby be relieved of any other duties for the rest of the year! Other useful bets: who will fall asleep at the table first? And who will disappear when the dishes need to be washed and put away?

And that’s just the fun we have BEFORE the guests even arrive! Along with a sort of musical chairs type game. Where we have to figure out who is sitting next to who. Or to be more accurate, who is NOT sitting next to who. The kids NEVER want to sit by their aunties. They’re generally okay to sit by the grandparents. But, keep in mind, are grandma and grandpa speaking to each other this month? this week? Be prepared to make last minute changes. Oh, and what about your sisters new roommate. Don’t sit her anywhere near your dad. Her name is Mi Ling. And another bet worth making is not will he, but how long will it take, before he makes a rude racist/ethnic remark or joke. After all, he’s “80-god-damn years old”, he “fought for his country”, and he’s “earned the right to say whatever he wants, whenever he wants.” Whether it’s appropriate or not doesn’t really seem to matter. Ya know, now that I think about, having Mi Ling over for Thanksgiving maybe isn’t such a good idea. We’ll just send her home a nice plate of leftovers. There! Crisis averted! We don’t want a repeat of the “those people” incident! Yikes!

Anyway you slice it, we always cook up a lot of fun, food, and great memories on Thanksgiving. It’s too bad we don’t serve alcohol on that day… what with dad being a recovering alcoholic and all… can you imagine the fun we could REALLY have if we added liquor to the mix!

Here’s wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

-J. Ela

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