Tis the season! This phrase has many meanings. The Holidays are nearly upon us, but for those of us with trees, it is now leaf blowing/raking season as well. Remember when you could rake them up into a big pile and after an afternoon of running and jumping into them, you would rake them back into a pile and burn them? I guess some folks can still do that, but not us city-dwellers. Nope, we rake, blow or otherwise collect bushels and bushels of leaves to deposit at the street for the city to come by with their huge leaf-sucking machines and vacuum them up.
Now for a look at the more traditional season. That's right, Turkey Day is just around the corner. Christmas parades, tons of food, long siestas, and of course, football, team up to make the fourth Thursday in November, not just any day, but Thanksgiving Day.
I must one of the few people on the planet who doesn't get all wound up over a big Thanksgiving Day meal. It is a day that gives us license to make enough food to feed a starving army - to serve a half dozen people, and then eat as if we were that starving army. I realize that many gatherings are much larger, so just multiply by your gathering by a factor of 10 and you will have comparatively the same amount of food per person.
Thanksgiving also gives us license to eat as if it's our last opportunity to feed for the next year.
Frank: "I'm stuffed."
Bob: "I can't move...I can't even breathe."
Ron: "Alice, why did you let me eat so much?" [belch]
Then you hear a voice from the kitchen. "Does anyone want more pie?"
Frank: "Yeah, I'll take a slice."
Bob: "Me too!"
Ron: "Maybe just a small piece."
Do you hear conversations like this around your house after the big meal? It's like we become bottomless food pits, and despite all the moaning and groaning, we continue to pick away at the leftovers until they are secured in plastic take-home containers for us to recreate the feast the next day. No one walks away empty handed.
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