|Mom preparing dinner for the family 1975|
Well, here we are, another Thanksgiving Day.
Today I go to work at the hotel at 2:30 PM. The hotel is full today unlike previous years when we only had a few grandparent types staying at the hotel. They're in town to visit their kids and grandkids but stay at the hotel because as they all tell me "We love our grandkids but we can't take them 24/7." Oh how well I understand. The older I get the more all that noise and jumping up and down like Mexican jumping beans just rattles my nerves. I like Thanksgiving just the way it is here today . . . . quiet. Ah, peace and tranquility.
|Bill (far left) with my nieces and nephew and brother) 1975|
However, I do get nostalgic on Thanksgiving. Back when both of my parents were alive, Mom would bake up a big Thanksgiving dinner of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy (my Mom made the BEST homemade gravy - SLURP!), corn, string beans, cranberry sauce and stuffing (of course). My Mom also made the best celery stuffing. Dessert was on of her homemade pies. Oddly enough, my Mom never mastered the art of making a good pie crust. Her pie crusts always tasted like cardboard with Crisco. But the filling (cherry, apple or pumpkin) was always good.
|Mom getting her hair style by her niece Vickie with my sisters-in-law looking on - 1975|
The family would gather around the small table she had in the dining room. The dining room table was only used about two times a year. Once for Thanksgiving and the other for Christmas dinner.
|Grandpa (my father) with his nieces Vickie and Nancy - 1975|
My brothers and their wives would be at the table and me and Mom and Pop of course. The kids were at the Kid's Table.
|Pop getting "antlered" by his niece Vickie - 1975|
Sadly, those days are gone. But you know what folks, those memories will live forever. Including my Mom's cardboard pie crusts.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!