From me to you
…for making the grocery list, shopping, finding discounts and deals, remembering to buy gluten or lactose free, selecting the sparkling cider for the kids, and buying two kinds of whipped cream.
…for cleaning the house, even the bathroom you usually ignore, in time for company or family.
…for getting up early on the holiday to start the turkey while everyone else sleeps in.
…for making a huge mess in your kitchen and then cleaning it up on what is a day off for most people.
…for the lovely table setting, the well timed coordinated finish of all the dishes.
…for hosting or being hosted and not minding either.
…for bringing your best pie or side dish to your mother-in-law’s, and driving on the busiest travel day of the year.
…for stopping to help a sad child, for changing a diaper, for putting up with grouchiness and hungry tummies while the real meal is cooking, for being taken for granted.
Thank you for being the glue of the family, the backbone of tradition, and for the cheerful way you hunker down to create memories and meals.
Thank you for what is hidden from view (how you let the insult slide, how you held back a snappy retort, how you stood up for yourself inside).
Thank you for doing what is expected, even if you wish it weren’t expected of you.
Thank you for caring and carrying on tradition.
Happy Thanksgiving week!
Image by Katharina Friederike