Here I am on Thanksgiving 2012, waiting for my sweet potato soufflé to finish cooking so I can bundle it up and go to a friend’s house to celebrate my favorite holiday.
As I was putting the sweet potato soufflé together, I conditioned my stomach for the Thanksgiving feast by finishing up leftover Greek lamb with tzatziki sauce I experimented with last night. It came out SO good! I’ll totally have to share the recipe with you.
I was surprised to find myself remembering Thanksgiving 1997. That year I spent the holiday alone in Athens, Greece eating a gyro for dinner and calling my family from a pay phone to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving. Yes, before cell phones!
This year is the first year since that day in Athens that I find myself spending Thanksgiving without family. I offered to let the kids spend all of Thanksgiving with their Dad rather than splitting the day between us, so they left this morning for their festivities – all spit shined and smiling – see?
At first I thought I’d stay home and rest up for my Santa escapade – aka my Black Friday dash around town attempting to buy 20 things for the price of 10.
Instead, I decided to say Yes to my kids’ request that we camp out on the trampoline last night. Yes, we called it a night at 3:40am when my four year old woke us up and we all decided the lure of bathrooms and beds was too hard to resist, but it was definitely a bonding moment for my kids and a reminder to me to say Yes more often.
So I called my friend and said Yes to an invitation to share the holiday with them.
And while I anticipate I will peek at the two rocks and a piece of pink string my four year old gave me on her way out the door – to remind me of her so I wouldn’t miss her – I am looking around and counting my blessings.
I am so incredibly thankful for the blessings in my life and look forward to what saying Yes more often is going to bring my way in the coming year.