Thursday, November 29, 2012

Post-Thanksgiving Thoughts at the Back Fence

Family and friends and food, oh my! And all because years ago, two people fell in love. Then their five children all fell in love and had children, grandchildren and yes, great-grandchildren. My husband and I are now the “older” generation, along with his three brothers and their wives. His late sister is always with us in spirit. We celebrate the heritage left by my husband’s parents and his grandparents. The land they farmed is still in the family and is listed as a Michigan Centennial Farm. We’ve lived on part of that acreage for fifty-eight years.

On this past Thanksgiving Day, ninety direct descendants of those first two people gathered to give thanks again for family, friends and a lot of food. Imagine those family members gathered around beautiful, fall-decorated tables loaded with five turkeys roasted to perfection, bowls overflowing with dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cheesy potatoes, hot and cold vegetables, cold and hot salads, cranberry jelly, relish trays of all kinds, rolls – plus one entire table just for the mouth-watering pies, cakes, and desserts to die for. This family has some amazing cooks.




There are actually more than ninety in the current family count, but some were traveling out of town. Others live out-of-state and couldn’t attend. I’m going to guess we number well over one hundred and the count keeps going up. We share Thanksgiving Day every two years. I know there’ll be some new babies in the family by the time we get together again in 2014. More young people will have married, too. More reasons to enjoy getting together.

We’re a noisy family of hugs, laughter and good times. We’re far from perfect, but we’re thankful for each other. In joy and sorrow, through good times and bad, our love of family is the glue that holds us together. Oh, and did I mention the love of good food helps, too? 



I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with those you love. I sure did. And now it’s time to think about Christmas. Don’t forget, books make wonderful gifts!

See you next time here at my back fence. In the meantime, check out the review of my current contemporary romance, HILL COUNTRY MAN, featured today on Awesome Romance Novels by clicking on the ARN button on this page.


Loralee

14 comments:

  1. Now THAT'S a tradition! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love it Loralee! That is a lot of people and makes for the best Thanksgiving when family can get together for chat, laughs, stories and fun...and of course good food!

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    1. Hi, Christine! Yes, we always have fun at this event. And there's always room at the table for anyone. We have much to be thankful for.

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  3. You're welcome, Nancy. I'm thinking if the tradition gets any larger, we'll have to rent the Super Bowl to accommodate us all!

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  4. Wonderful pictures - and I had the privilege of knowing some of those grandkids! Enjoy the holidays with them.

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  5. Thanks, Patricia. Isn't it scary how fast those kids grow up? We really did have a great holiday with everyone. I hope your day was special, too.

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  6. I love Thanksgiving. There's no anticipation of gifts, simply a getting together of family (families) and a sharing food, talk, and laughter. I will say my Thanksgiving get-together didn't approach the size of yours. Fantastic.

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    1. Maris, I love Thanksgiving for those very same reasons. No stress unless the turkey doesn't get done on time. And even then, it really doesn't matter. There's always good munchies available while we wait.

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  7. I am so glad to see you back here at the fence. What great Thanksgiving memories you have--and are building memories for the future. How wonderful that so many were able to get together.

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    1. Thanks, Diane. I hope to be back here more often. Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving, too.

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  8. Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing with your fans.

    All the best, Annette

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    1. Annette, as you might guess, with that many family members of all ages, we did have a wonderful time! There weren't a lot of leftovers, either.

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  9. What great pictures! So nice that you were able to all be together for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Thanks, Lucy. The gathering was fun for all of us. Even though we live fairly close to each other, everyone has busy lives that keep us from visiting often. This event is always well attended and we're thankful for it.

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