coming out of my shell

coming out of my shell

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Is it so wrong?

Sheesh, I can't believe we are really going to stage another relentlessly sunny Thanksgiving in flip flops and shorts. 

As the day approaches, I am finally going to admit I miss having Thanksgiving in the frozen north lands where it is weather appropriate for the season.
No, I do not want to move back. I am done with white knuckle driving and shoveling snow. I just wish I could occasionally spend Thanksgiving  there, and see my old friends.

This is our 4th Thanksgiving in Florida. The first three years we ate like civilized people in the dining room. The first two we even used our good china. Last year, meh! Bring out the white Corning Ware. It's Florida casual, now. I may NEVER haul out that good china again.


In fact, this year we are having Thanksgiving out by the pool in the lanai. I am looking forward to it. It is the best  time of the year in Florida. However, I miss a cold-weather Thanksgiving in a house with a wood stove and lots of candles. I can't help it. That's what I am used to.

If we are giving thanks at this time of the year, then I am thankful for the life I have lived. It has been jam packed with both joy and sorrow, which is to say it has been quite full. As I get older I notice the quiet moments are often swarming with memories. I have to wonder, is it so wrong to yearn for the past?


Paying homage to my friend JE's Challah.  A powerful Thanksgiving memory.


17 comments:

  1. Being a northerner myself, I can't imagine Thanksgiving by the pool. We go to a relative who's home is on top of a mountain, heated with wood, usually snow covered and very Walton like. What I am struggling with is this is the first year my daughter is going to split holidays. She will be here for Thanksgiving and Christmas eve but going to her boyfriend's for Christmas day. What? All those Christmas morning traditions will have to be adjusted and I do not adjust well : )

    Oh well, there is nothing more consistent than change. Enjoy the day and the food and the Corningware. We all have much to be thankful for.

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    1. We do. I sympathize with the splitting holidays thing. It is a tough change.

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  2. Thanksgiving by the pool sounds good to me since it is cold here. But before you start missing Thanksgivings past, read this--http://strangeco.blogspot.com/2017/11/newspaper-clippings-of-day-annual.html

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    1. Oh, that's a good one! I am now also thankful that I've never been at a Thanksgiving where a turkey was used as a deadly weapon.

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    2. That's right, you never ate any of my mother's cooking, did you? The woman should have been banned from kitchens for life after she served lime jello-apple sauce-7-up-preserved cherries.

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  3. As I get older I find myself lost in the past a lot as well. I imagine this will happen more and more as I age. I guess it's just the next stage. It is strange having so much of my life behind me. We had our thanksgiving already last month. Eating by the pool sounds lovely. Enjoy.

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    1. Thanks, Lily. I think it IS the next stage.

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  4. It's been so long since I've celebrated Thanksgiving in the cold northeast, I hardly remember it anymore. Lately we've been celebrating a day or two early. We had Thanksgiving with the kids and grandkids last night! They're driving to see their mom on Thanksgiving Day. That's pretty much how it's been for years. Your Thanksgiving dinner by the pool sounds delightful.

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    1. When we lived up north we always had Thanksgiving the day after so that our friends' son could spend the actual holiday with his mother.

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  5. I think you are simply remembering wonderful experiences of the past while living in the present. Both are good.

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  6. We used to eat did off the good china. After my grandma died we haven’t looked at it. We use paper plates now. Extra classy!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. I don't mind the heat. We've been here 16 years - longest anywhere. What I miss is having a full table. The work is worth it then. This year it's just us two and gasp! All I'm cooking are pies. Because you gotta have pies. For dinner tomorrow we're eating at a restaurant. That almost gives me guilt pangs! But like all your other commenters, I have much to be thankful for and plenty of memories. Enjoy your FL casual feast by the pool.

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    1. Going out to eat for Thanksgiving when there are only two of you sounds great to me. But yes, restaurants simply cannot make pies as good as homemade.

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  8. It was unseasonably warm here. And as is becoming the tradition, quiet.

    Your poolside celebration sounds charming.

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