Thursday, November 22, 2007

loupee is on a loop

Before we went to our relatives house today to celebrate Thanksgiving and eat a nice dinner, I did something many would consider a bit looney.
I made a thanksgiving dinner. I prepared the stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes & stuffed mushrooms last night after a 7 hour work day. This morning I had that sucker stuffed cooked and cooling before we left. The reason? Favorite traditional holiday foods, The smell of turkey filling our home and of course... Leftovers.... For many years this was my designated holiday. I loved making the special foods my kids enjoy. Every year after the GiANT clean up was done and everyone went home, I would make a plate of all my favorite Turkey day treats, sit down in front of a favorite t.v. show and really, really enjoy every last bite of my delicious hard work.
A few years ago, I broke tradition, I needed a change. I decided to take on Christmas eve as 'my' holiday. Well, the last few Thanksgivings just haven't been the same.~ No turkey and stuffing at 11 p.m.. ~ No holiday 'smell' ~ Fridge bare on Friday ~ Complaints like... I missed your stuffing Mom and they didn't have stuffed mushrooms.
This all sounds quite reasonable doesn't it?? Well, my eldest son would disagree. His theory ( and I must say.. he has many and I totally enjoy hearing his take on EveryThing) His Theory is I am stuck in a loop. In this case... I am stuck in the Thanksgiving loop because that is all I know HOW to do on this holiday. COOK. (It was hard not to smile while he was explaining this to me) He thought it was lunacy that I would create all this work on my day off from work and from entertaining. I explained that I know the favorite foods we all have would have been missed and maybe I'm creating nice memories. He feels I've already created nice Thanksgiving memories and It's time to move on... and get off (or is it out of )THE Loop. Maybe he is right. After all, it is of course not only about the food. It is about family. It is about giving thanks. AND... As my Weight watcher leader would say when she is emphasizing getting a grip.... it isn't a holiWEEK... it is..... only a holiDAY.
oooh It's already 11:30?..... time to make up my plate of leftovers :~))

6 comments:

Ally said...

You crack me up. Way to go turkey girl!!

Joan said...

My teenage son gives me a lot of advice, too. So much wisdom at a young age!

Just Jen said...

LOL, I love his advice! I love leftovers too and don't blame you one bit for making a dinner although you're going to dinner!

spider said...

Hi Lucy,
I'm gonna have to disagree with your son in that I don't believe your stuck in a loop at all...instead, you have so much love and loving memories deep down in your soul (and perhaps gut), that it takes your own turkey and stuffing to keep those memories safe in your heart. Does that make sense? You, dearest Lucy, aren't happy unless you're giving. That's just the kind of wonderful person you are.

daisies said...

:) i think that you are just doing what makes you happy ... the smell of yummy tradition!! too fun! i love cooking the big holiday feast, there is something so beautifully satisfying about it all ...

deirdre said...

I agree with daisies - sometimes the work is part of the fun. Enjoy those leftovers. :)