Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and I was at work. Now, one of the hallmarks of healthcare is that a hospital operates 365 days every year (and 366 in leap years), so someone has to work. And this year, for Thanksgiving (and also for Christmas in about a month), one of those someones was me.
We actually had a quick and busy day at work, highlighted by a free cafeteria lunch for which I chose chicken tenders and fries. Our cafeteria is yummy, so I was quite pleased with my meal.
My parents and my sister went to Long Island to see my aunt, uncle, cousin, and canine cousin. Therefore, I got to eat dinner with Bill’s for my first non-split Thanksgiving ever.
Bill’s family puts on quite a spread. There is turkey and ham, potatoes and stuffing, broccoli with cheese sauce, corn, bread, yams, cranberry, and gravy. Dessert is an even larger spread…three different apple pies (Gram’s traditional two-crust, Gram’s crumb-topped, and Aunt Mary’s crumb-topped, which I find to be the BEST PIE EVER!), two pumpkin pes (traditional and pumpkin custard), pecan pie, chocolate pudding pie, coconut custard pie, and pumpkin roll.
My family also puts on a spread…turkey, potatoes, stuffing, asparagus, peas, cranberry, sweet potatoes, coleslaw, and a smaller dessert display. And I missed it.
It seems like those two spreads have a lot in common. There are all the basics. However, some things are different. For example, this year’s Thanksgiving had no coleslaw for me…and I missed it. And my family’s stuffing is a darker variety that has sausage in it, while Bill’s family’s is lighter in color and meat-free. Now, don’t get me wrong. I had a great Thanksgiving dinner yesterday…but I missed eating my traditional family foods as well.
So while I feel lucky to have another family to celebrate with on these pesky working holidays, I have to say that I will happily eat today the plate that my aunt sent home for me. And as I bite into that stuffing and tuck into some coleslaw, I will give thanks for all that I have…because that is what Thanksgiving is all about.