Thanksgiving 2014 a bittersweet get together in Los Angeles
Thanksgiving 2014 a bittersweet get together in Los Angeles.
The history of Thanksgiving have often been debated. In my opinion it has evolved and changed over the years. When you read about the history there are some variations as to the history, as well as who is right and who is not. In the big picture it does not matter.
As far as I can envision the first Thanksgiving (most would agree with me) The Pilgrims coming ashore greeted by the Indians (natives) and gathering around the fire for a huge feast. The Pilgrims glad that they arrived safe and sound from the long journey. Hence the concept of “Gratitude “The Indians welcoming them to the land of plenty.
I have written a few posts about Thanksgiving, where to eat if you do not have a place to go to, where to eat if you do not want to cook. What wines to pair your dinner with? I have also written posts about how to prepare for the “big event” including a Menu. Anyway you get the idea. Just Google my name and Thanksgiving and most will appear.
This Thanksgiving is a bit different, we have a lot to be grateful for: we are in good health, have a new home, new car and a house full of pets and then some in the back yard we have our stray and many birds and squirrels. Some of my friends called us “animal farmers”. We have good friends and good neighbors. What is different this year is that I am not cooking rather going over to one of our friend’s house. We are grateful that we have been invited, especially since I have been so busy even up to this evening. This invitation took a lot of pressure off me. Quite frankly it is a lot easier to go fight traffic to pick up some pies from one of the best Pie Places in LA than prep and cook an entire feast.
It is also different, since this year is the first time Diane & I do not have any of our parents to share this event with. So with that said I am glad we have friends to go to. My mother used to have a magnet on her refrigerator that said “Friends are our chosen family”. That to me is bittersweet. So if you are getting together with friends and family, remember to be gracious and kind to each other and enjoy the moment. Everyone should have a good time and the only one should be unhappy is the “Turkey”. I saw a cartoon today the Turkey was holding a sign “eat beef”
In closing I would like to wish you, your family as well as your friends a very Happy Thanksgiving and at the same time I would like to thank you for your support throughout the year.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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