American Thanksgiving Adventures Part 3

Trying to get anyone who is not American to understand Thanksgiving is almost impossible, but it all revolves around the dinner, that has become the point of the day. The dinner is the same regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or any other differentiating factor in the population. The meat is turkey, the turkey is stuffed, and there are mashed potatoes, some veggies, and the gravy. The only required dessert is pumpkin pie.  There are of course lots of rumours about why turkey, but no one knows the actual truth behind it. It is the only tradition in any country I’ve ever been in that, on that one day, is exactly the same for the entire country. Especially as in a country that can’t agree on anything, it is amazing…

So, this Thanksgiving dinner was an amazing and incredibly interesting event…  As some of you know, Janet and me came back together about 7 years ago. We were high school sweethearts, but her father hated me and would allow us no relationship continuing  past high school, probably wise on his part…  So, I left and moved 2,000 miles away to the University of Colorado, and she went to nursing school in New Jersey. She then married another of our high school group, Rick, and they went on to have a life together in the Air Force moving around the world to different assignments. I made my way in the high tech business, but we never forgot what we had as 18 year olds…

Amazingly, we had great “groups” of friends over 30 years ago, long before Facebook or any other social media. After high school, we all went our separate ways, and tried to stay in touch, but only with the advent of 15 years ago did we manage to really re-connect.  Most of us had done fairly well, Rick & Janet had 4 kids and were all living in the Dayton Ohio area, as Rick’s last assignment was to be at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.  But then he chose another life…
So, roll the cameras ahead 10 years to last Thursday. Three of the kids and their spouses, Rick and Jose, and 3 local friends around this massive table, with a table full of kids in the kitchen.  Dinner went on from late afternoon into the late evening, a lot of food and wine was consumed, and a table full of people who had all the reasons in the world to hate each other laid aside all their differences and shared an indescribable meal of family, friendship, and love. No topic was off limits, and all were thrashed to conclusion. It ended with kisses and hugs and tears, and it ended as family.
For all my family and friends out there, no matter how broken your lives are, get some family going this holiday season. God bless you and yours…

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