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Nov 24, 2017 05:08PM
This Thanksgiving we decided to change things up. The past two Thanksgivings were sad and unsatisfying, mostly because of my adult kids. My daughter-the-chef had promised me both years to help with the cooking, then reneged without warning both times. Last year, my mother was supposed to join us but go extremely ill at the last minute and couldn't make the trip. Last year my daughter and my son showed up 1 hour and 2 hours late for dinner and had the audacity to be upset that the food was all in the fridge. That was IT. I QUIT! I packed my things and LEFT. Drove myself 8 hours to stay with my mother in the hospital for two weeks.
So, in Sept I told my DH and kids that I would not be cooking this year (DH was all for that!) So, we elected to go to a resort that has a nice Christmas light show and stay in a cabin for three days. I invited my kids and my sister to join us for Thanksgiving dinner at the main restaurant. Unfortunatly, my kids couldn't be bothered (their loss--well, and mine but that's a whole nother post) but my sister and her family joined us at the resort. We had a blast! On Tuesday night we all took my youngest son (22) to see the Christmas lights--he is severely mentally handicapped and nonverbal, but he adores lights and music so this was perfect for him. Then Wednesday was spent watching movies and hanging out, culminating in a ham feast at supper--ham, tater salad, green beans, devilled eggs, apples, brownies and ice cream. Yum! Then, on Thanksgiving we got up late, watched all the parades and the National Dog Show, then leisurely dressed in our Thanksgiving shirts and met my sister's family for dinner at the buffet. It was heavenly. We ate our fill, then spent the rest of the day at the local botanical garden.
I'm so glad my sister made the effort to get together. Together we took care of my mother for the last 6 months of her life. Mother passed away in June, so I knew this holiday season was going to be difficult. Hats off to dear Sister, who made this Thanksgiving more bearable! We will be doing this again!
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