Thanksgiving's somewhat different than it used to be. I remember going to church on Thanksgiving to be grateful for what I had. Hoped that going when I was young and not busy, I'd store up good wishes with God for when I was older and a bigger sinner.
And I remember sharing a turkey with so many siblings that you knew you weren't even getting seconds, much less leftovers tomorrow.
It was fun and low-key this year, so I challenged myself a bit with the making of pies--from scratch, crust and all. So I was up until 4 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, waiting for these two pies to cool enough to put away. I made an apple and a pumpkin. Though the dough-rolling wasn't exactly pretty, I got the pies made, and they tasted great. Too bad the turkey was undercooked. Bad roaster? But a second cooking today made the turkey just fine for sandwiches.
And, living in this climate, an afternoon of sun and balmy temperatures reminds me of how crummy an Indiana winter was.
The other part of Thanksgiving, that has now become almost mandatory, is shopping. I refuse to get crushed by crowds in the store madness, but I did order from a few stores online. I even stayed up til 3 a.m. for sales at Lands End that started at 5 Central Time. So easy to spend money that way.
So, the shopping is different, and the small family gathering is different for me. But I still like this holiday a lot because it's mostly about eating and seeing people you want to see.
And now that I'm a retired Boomer, I don't even have to dread going back to work next week! Really something to be thankful for.