Family. Everyone's got one and every family has it's "characters".
is the first year, in many, many years, I have had the blessing to be
with my family (in Washington vs in San Diego) for Thanksgiving. My
memories of such, were filled with scenes of lots of us cooking
together, laughing, playing games and telling stories...something I was
looking forward to again. Some look upon it as chaotic and noisy, but
for me, it's pure joy. Time spent with special people I love.
thing I love about Thanksgiving is the food! Both Jack and I love all
the various parts of what is traditionally Thanksgiving Dinner. Yum!
There's never enough room in my stomach to hold all that I want to
savor...but there's always the "leftovers" that are just as good, if not
better, the next day. ;-) We got to have two of them, as the family here is so large (and some had to work on Thanksgiving) that we celebrated on Thursday AND on Saturday! Lucky us!
year's gatherings were the same and yet different. The same fun
loving, noisy group - but older. All my nieces and nephews are now
grown with families of their own. The teasing and playfulness gave way
to a more sedate social style filled with different stories and
laughter. The house now filled with their children teasing and
playing together. My sisters and I now leaving a lot of the "work" to
the younger ones and their style of putting all of it together.
I walked around, watching and listening (aka as taking pictures) to everyone
catching up on one another, I still heard the love. Diverse backgrounds
and interests, but with that common thread of love and caring.
surrounded by all of this, I was fed. I have had the joy of spending
independent time with each of them these past few weeks and have loved
every minute of it. I've met great-nieces and nephews, some for the
first time, seeing their beautiful family resemblances and hearing about
And we too have the
"characters", but isn't that half the fun? I remember the old days when
there was always someone who drank to much or got in a disagreement,
but today it seems more innocent with piercings, colored hair, tattoos
and the explanations of why odd jobs vs going back to school. All taken
in stride it seemed or maybe we've all just mellowed.
This year brings new memories to cherish and remember. New, but with the same joy.
It truly was a very Happy Thanksgiving.
...kicking back in Tacoma, Marie
If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip, you can at my
Flickr account at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/74905158@N04/