No need to pretend
that all of this is normal.
Tradition is not
needed to enjoy the taste
of each other’s company
Liner Notes for this Groove:
Thanksgiving was never a big deal for me growing up. Oh sure, my mom sometimes tried her hand at American favorites like turkey (the horror… the horror…) but it wasn’t exactly her forte. I never felt bad about the lack of typical Thanksgiving fare, even when we had enough newly arrived family members to gather with on the last Thursday in November.
This is not the case with my husband’s side of the family. Their spread is the stuff of legends. Most of the members of his family are amazing cooks (including him). I didn’t even think I liked turkey until I got married. There were never even any of the heated political discussions I heard happened around other tables. I do recall one slightly conservative (for this family) brother in law getting gently roasted by his wife and then teenage daughter, but that’s about it.
This is the Thanksgiving celebration my kids grew up with. I
wondered how much of the typical spread I needed to provide in order for it to
feel special. So I was a little surprised when my Darling Youngest came to me
with a gleam in their eye about purposely making it weird.
Nothing is normal about this Thanksgiving, so let’s lean
into it. We’re not going to try to top Aunt Michele’s stuffing (whew… because
that would be a tall order). We’re going to lean into the weird that is 2020
and make food that feels like a celebration to us, whether it’s traditional or
not. Darling Youngest and my husband have been bonding over finding recipes to
try (looks like bone marrow will be on the table).
We’re still figuring out a main course, but I know there
will be one traditional thing on the table, sweet potato pie. I’ve never made
one before, but a Facebook friend was kid enough to pass along their tried and
true recipe. I can’t wait to enjoy that.
Song Choice: Staying Alive by the Bee Gees
This post was created for Poets and Storytellers United's Weekly Scribblings prompt, Celebration.