To be honest, I was dreading Thanksgiving this year. Without Mark, holidays are hard even though I have enough good memories to last several lifetimes. One of Mark's duties was to get to Mom's house early so he could help preparing the meal as well as his favorite duty: carving the turkey.
We always celebrate Thanksgiving the Saturday after the holiday so everyone can spend the holidays with their 'other' families.
Dinner was scheduled for 5:00. I drove myself so I could have time to collect my thoughts and to pray.
Yes, I am a one of those old women you see on your way to SOMEWHERE: short, very short, so short that if she didn't have a little WV she wouldn't be able to see over the dash, grey hair, obviously alone in the car, but her mouth is moving, she's waving her free hand and nodding her head.
I prayed that our family would enjoy being together, that we would count each other as blessings in our lives. I prayed that all the members of my family would travel safely to Mom's and back home again.
I did not pray for the turkey.
At 4:45 I walked into my mom's house and saw this:
I stood there for a minute and saw this:
Hmmmmm....I was thinking this was the day we were having our Thanksgiving dinner. I checked the dining room...
LOOKS like Thanksgiving...
Either by owner operator error, or equipment failure, the turkey was not done!
Andy and Tony amused themsves by playing coffee table ping pong:
As it got later and later, the desserts on the buffet started looking verrrrry good...
But before too many hours, no more than three and a half, Leslie anounced dinner was ready!
We no sooner swallowed the last morsel of food and the boys started clearing the table. How wonderful! They were being so helpful! Then the truth came out...
It was time for dining room table ping pong!
First Andy played Tony:
And then Catherine played against Michael:
So many blessings, so many reasons to give thanks...so many prayers answered, so few ping pong balls!
I am blessed, now you (and you and you) go out there and be a blessing in someone's life!