I can remember back to when I was little and that holidays and birthdays always seemed to be special making sure that everyone in the family was there and involved.
It seems like today that life just keeps moving by faster and faster everyday. Of course this means the holidays and birthdays are going by faster as well. Recently I have noticed that the holidays and birthdays are going unnoticed as well as passing quickly.
When I started thinking about the time and things I was missing it made me sad, so I decided that this past Thanksgiving/Christmas season that I was going to change a few things.
Since I couldn’t be with my family at Thanksgiving I did dinner with friends. We made an all day event of it starting at 10 am and went until probably 10 pm that night. There was tons of food, wine, good company and conversation. I do need to add one side note to this wonderful day though. As some of you may know I also blog in the recipe category, so please don’t hold this against me.
When it was time to prepare the turkey on Thanksgiving Day a friend that was helping me cook had purchased a cage to insert into the bird to hold the stuffing. I had never used a cage until this time because my mother did hers the old fashion way and just put the stuffing in the bird. Well my friend and I attempt to stuff this bird with the cage but it doesn’t seem to want to fit. One of us tried holding the bird while shoving the cage in and then we tried standing the bird up on end and shoving the cage down into it. Neither of our efforts seemed to make any progress. We then decided to try once again with one holding the bird and the other stuffing the cage into the cavity. Well by this point I was holding and my friend was shoving and I tell you if there had been someone watching through a window they would called the “turkey abuse” hot-line. Well I then got the brainstorm to read the box from the cage and it said “for turkey’s 20 lbs and larger” and so I asked “how big is this bird?” My friends reply “14 lbs.” As you can see we were riping this poor turkey a “new one.”
Moving onto Christmas which was rather uneventful with my family after the “friends” Thanksgiving. We had a great time at Christmas spending the day together, exchanging gifts, telling stories, eating great food and watching movies.
Fast forward a few months and here I am at yet another dreaded Birthday, but I decided to think back on my vow at the holidays to make things better and mean more that just a passing day.
This year I have taken up bowling as one of my pastimes and it just so happened that we bowled the night of my birthday, so here I find myself again with my friends on a special day. I think it was the best birthday I have had in years. We drank, dressed festive (my b’day is St. Patty’s Day), had cake and I bowled my best game!
Well now here we are at Easter. For me I remember Easter very fondly with the family and my mother cooking and putting out an elaborate spread. I don’t think a holiday ever went by that she didn’t put out a ton of food! However, again I find myself not being able to be with my family on this holiday, but my neighbor called on Thursday and said “let’s have a friend’s Easter” and I thought here we go again, but at least this time we will only be baking a ham.
I guess this entry into my blog is to anyone and everyone that finds themselves alone and away from their families on this or any holiday, birthday or just any day. Make all the time you have fun and special.
You may not be near your family, have family left, but remember you always have your friends. One of the things my grandmother told me was “friends are family we choose.” I think over the last 6 months this is something I have come to realize. My friends are my family and they have made my life special.
Happy Easter Everyone!