The day after
I feel like I weigh twice my normal weight, and just can’t seem to shake the yearning for a nap. Ah, tryptophane!
I hope everyone had a great day yesterday. I did. No strife, no stress, no drama, just warm comfy family time, with a couple of close friends to join the food orgy. Since the family is so large these days, my mother-in-law who is usually saddled with preparing Thanksgiving dinner was looking for takers next year. And while I enjoy most of the family, and don’t mind spending a week in the kitchen, the family has grown so much that well, for me Thanksgiving has lost much of its intimacy. I mean one year there were so many people we ate in a freakin’ garage!! How fun is that? No thank you.
I suggested we all go to the local homeless helter and serve. I have brought it up every year for several years now and my husband looks at me as if I’ve grown a second head. My kids have no problem with it, in fact my youngest son and youngest daughter ask every year if we’re are going to do it. Every year I say, “Daddy doesn’t want to.”
For hubby it isn’t that he doesn’t want to help out, he would–gladly, what he doesn’t want, is his tradition disrupted. He loves the day, the food, and the family. While I do too, I can do without it. Why not spend the day helping those less fortunate, then come home to an intimate family meal, and be thankful for what you have?
There is so much that can be done if serving at the shelter is out. There are many elderly people who are home, why not take them dinner? Or help the local church with meals? This year is the first year we didn’t donate several turkeys. Why? I forgot. With hubby’s surgery, my trips, my writing, and my mind being elsewhere I completely forgot. Lousy excuse. But I will make it up at Christmas.
As I write this my resolve is calcifying. I just yelled down to hubby, “We’re spending part of Thanksgiving next year with the homeless.” LSU took that opportunity to score, so my words were absorbed in his zealous cheering. That’s ok, I’ll get him later.
What special things do you do during the holidays that make you feel good?