Welcome to my digital writing journal, or mydigitalclutter. What started as a family blog almost two years ago has morphed into my writing therapy. This is where I do a lot of free writing, mostly about my life with my family and the things that catch my interest. While nowhere even close to perfect, in each post I like to see how my writing is changing with time and practice. Most posts are left unedited for this reason, so if you don't mind, take the journey with me.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Preparations were chaotic as the hour to dine drew closer, but we reveled in the fact that the kitchen was spacious enough for more than one person to cook at a time.
The turkey was moist, the potatoes smooth and delicious. My youngest brother brought new dishes to our family traditions as he sautéed brussels sprouts and baked a delicious mushroom bread pudding.
I am so grateful for holidays and traditions that solidify us and make me so much more tethered to my eternal family. I love the fact that year after year, it just isn't the same if there isn't some shrimp cocktail at the top of my plate, in a cut crystal dish. A tradition that was started many generations ago, before my mother's youth, that has been carried on to today.
We were blessed in the prayer my father offered in thanksgiving for the bounty we had before us. I was touched that we, all 13 of us, were together, and surrounded the table, an offering to the blessings we had been so generously given this past year.
Today, we ended my brother's visit with family pictures. All were decked out in their somewhat best...for us that consists of jeans and a button down shirt...and my other brother may just keep the baseball hat on. It was a particularly wonderful conclusion to the Thanksgiving holiday. Filled with love, we smiled for the camera, making jokes and teasing each other in the way only family can.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday too. However you spent it, with family or friends.