Posted by Pistol Pete
Tomorrow is one of those rare times when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day.
First off,my thoughts and prayers go out to Chrissy,Ting and any lurkers who may be faced with 6-12 inches of global warming by tomorrow.
This is the time of year I remember most fondly and miss Granny the most. Many of my happiest hours were spent breaking up the stale bread into her double roaster for the dressing and smelling the necks and giblets she cooked for an entire day so they would be tender enough to cut up and go into the concoction with celery,apples,and whatever else she used. Her fruit salad (which uncle Roger still talks about) was made of bananas,grapes,tangerines,apple and pears in kind of a milky mayonnaise fluid. She always had pumpkin,mincemeat and banana cream pie along with aunt Evelyn’s German chocolate cake. We’d always have 35-40people,but no one was ever turned away. We’d go out to milk and do chores,like every other day,and when we came in a few hours later the glorious smell of roasting turkeys wafted through the house.
After dinner me,my cousin Bobby, and my retarded cousin Scott would go out to the compost pile behind the barn to look for holes. Compost absorbs heat and reptiles,being cold-blooded, would burrow into it to survive the winter. We’d roll up our sleeves and stick our arms into these holes and feel for garter or corn snakes which we’d chase our sisters with. We knew we’d get walloped for doing it,but it was fun anyway. Sometimes Bobby would bring his BB gun and we’d sit by the barn gate and take potshots at the breed bulls’ balls. Boy,did that piss him off. Grandpa was none too pleased,either, since I guess that bull served a purpose. All I knew was every time I got near it he’d chase me. Guess he held a grudge.
Many Thanksgivings have come and gone since those days and I’ve spent them in different ways with different people. But the day is not about food,football games or parades. It’s about giving thanks to Almighty God for all you’ve been blessed with and sharing with the ones you love most,and thinking of them when you can’t be there with them.
FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, GOD BLESS AND KEEP EACH AND EVERY ONE WHO PASSES BY HERE.