I'm going to my inlaws for Thanksgiving tomorrow which means I do not have to cook! For real. Every time we've been invited to my inlaws for dinner, I've asked, "What can I bring?" My mother law, for years, answered with, "Green bean casserole. You do such a good job with it!" Yes folks, apparently I'm a whiz at opening cans of green beans and cream of mushroom soup. I didn't even go to culinary school for that! Impressive, huh?
So for years, I was the official "green bean casserole" lady. Then, a couple years ago I was demoted. I didn't think there was anything below green bean casserole, but I was wrong. I was asked to just bring Jello. I guess I didn't do such a hot job on the Jello as the following year, my mother-in-law requested I bring nothing.
I've never thought I was an exceptionally bad cook. Well, there was that one time I made shrimp creole for my inlaws and I substituted red pepper for chili powder. (We drank a lot of milk.) Oh well. I made a pumpkin cheesecake to bring anyway. I just can't show up empty handed.
My mother-in-law likes to get creative with Thanksgiving dinner. She never just puts an ordinary turkey in the oven. Last year, it was Cornish game hens. One time it was a deep fried turkey. Another time she got a turkey from a farm. A farm fresh turkey. This turkey was so fresh, it still had its feathers when she got it. As we sat down to eat, she told us how she had to pluck its feathers out. OK, I'm no country girl. I'm from Chicago. And I really have no need or desire to hear about or see my food in its alive state before eating. That was just a little too fresh for me. My inlaws are car people (as you might recall from this post) so I'm a little surprised that they've never tried to cook a turkey on the engine of a car. Maybe next year.
So, in honor of Thanksgiving, here is my thankfulness list...
I'm thankful for each of my kids even when they're poking each other, running around the house, messing things up, and burping the alphabet.
I'm thankful that despite all the ear infections and colds, we're all healthy.
I'm thankful my husband has a steady job.
I'm thankful for art even when it's on my walls.
I'm thankful I live in a country where I'm free.
I'm thankful that even though it's miserably dreary and cold and the landscape is barren, there's the promise of spring.
I'm thankful that I'm tired because it means I have a lot of fun things to keep me busy.
I'm thankful for my parents who put up with all the things I did that my kids are now doing to me.
I'm thankful for a sister who's also a best friend and who understands what I'm talking about when I say, "He was a tall man."
I'm thankful for my Yia Yia and my aunt Vasiliki who are always thinking about us and cheering me on.
I'm thankful for Sue who is always on the other end of the phone when I need someone to talk to while I clean or when I need someone to commiserate with after paying bills.
I'm thankful for Jen who has been a best friend since high school. I would never brave camping if it weren't for her company. And who else would stand in an elevator with me for a full five minutes before realizing that neither of us had actually pushed the button for the floor?
I'm thankful for Julie who has been a best friend since high school. She gives me firewood and Chicken George and she laughs at my lame jokes.
I'm thankful for Gin who is not only a friend, but my hairdresser and she can always fit me into her schedule when my hair starts turning funny colors.
I'm thankful for my loopy friends and their endless conversations, jokes, and pretty blue lines.
I'm thankful for laughter, especially the tears from your eyes, stomach hurts, peeing in your pants, snorting kind of laughter.
I'm thankful my kids didn't scare my sister from having kids of her own.
I'm thankful for the opportunity to share a smile and a laugh with so many people on this blog and soon - my book as well.
I'm thankful for all the people who read and/or comment on my blog. You make my day.
And I'm thankful I have a God to be thankful to!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!