Saturday, November 22, 2014
celebrating and cleaning
This weekend they are perfect companions. We are heading into Thanksgiving week. That means my work schedule is a bit more flexible since teachers are giving conferences and students are not on campus. It also means we need space in the fridge for a turkey and space on the counter for all the goodies that our guests will bring.
I love the way we do our Thanksgiving meal. My husband cooks the turkey (for 36 years) and I set the table. Our family guests each bring one or two dishes to share and there is always more than enough to eat. I have started making a stuffing dish to accommodate some special dietary needs but it is fun to hunt down the ingredients. And when everyone shares in the meal preparation, there is such a sense of community to accompany our meal.
So today I am cleaning the kitchen, making a grocery list, and tackling some of those tasks that don't get done often enough (cobweb control for instance). I will sit with the memories that are bound to come up when I pull out our special dishes and napkins. I am sure I will be wishing for years past, before Alzheimer's and aging became constant companions for mom and dad. There will be sadness mixed with gratitude. But isn't that life?
Today I am thankful that I have this cleaning to do and I am celebrating with others over at Ruth's place.