A PAUSE IN THE HYPER-DRIVE
The throttle of my life is pretty much stuck in hyper-drive until end of the year. However, last week, for 24 hours anyway, the speed of life took a pause as I got to celebrate Thanksgiving for only like the 3rd time in the last decade. I was surprisingly excited about this for the weeks leading up to the holiday and the day didn't disappoint.
A friend invited me over to his family's for the event. I like his family. They are always interesting and two teens in the group pretty much guarantees that remains the case. They were relaxed and chilled and gave me a chance to be the same. Plus, they fed a single guy with a real feast.
There was the turkey - a small portion of which you see above - and two kinds of stuffing. One kind was for the vegetarians in the group who clearly skipped the Turkey. There were mash potatoes and bread, cranberry sauce, and two kinds of pies which the teens made and proved themselves chefs in the making. There was something called 'Sunshine Salad' which everyone stayed away from but the guy who made it, lol, and of course there was also wine. Three bottles to be exact which I brought as my contribution. I indulged in it all.
The lady of the house made a playlist to fit the holiday. The songs were themed to be a play on words like one song being by The Cranberries and another about TuPac's mother. I liked this as part of the meal. A bit of a modern twist to a traditional moment.
One highlight for me was watching Planes, Trains, And Automobiles. It isn't a holiday if a John Hughes film isn't going, right? I had seen this before and rate it as one of the top five comedy classics of all-time. But I hadn't seen it in years and I found myself laughing until I literally cried. It was a nice diversion from the serious material I have been dealing with for months.
My friends sent me home with a enough leftovers that lasted me every dinner through Monday. I polished off every last bite's worth. Aren't leftovers the best part of Thanksgiving dinner anyway? Wish I had taken more pie though. Lol.
On Friday I watched people do the American Black Friday ritual. It is a curse really. Like a bad Voodoo spell gone astray. People were lined up for nearly 2 miles to just get off on the exit ramp to the outlet mall where I live. It was taking them over an hour to get off on the ramp. What could possibly be so crucial to own at a mall that a person would waste so much of their life and put themselves through that?
Commercialism and money are the gods to many in this country and when you accept that fact, it explains a lot of what is going on in this country right now. Still, I wonder how so many could forget the lessons of Thanksgiving so quickly and toss them aside for a cheap pair of shoes or a tv. If I ever get that way, I hope someone bitch-slaps me back into reality.
Here is hoping your holiday season is a good one. Remember what is important. As a hint, you won't find it in an advertising slogan.