By Suzanne Sparrow Watson
Well, we’ve made it to Thanksgiving. In this weird/awful year of 2020 there were no guarantees. If ever there was a year that a giant asteroid would destroy Earth, this would be it. But here we are, ready to celebrate what we are thankful for on Thursday. Some gatherings won’t have as many guests as normal since everyone except the Governor of California is supposed to limit the number of people with whom they dine. Other families have had a really rough year – either due to health issues or financial stress. We all know that we should be grateful for what we have and there have been about 8 million articles published about that in the last week. There are so many that I’ve begun to think “yada, yada, yada” when I see them – they invariably with a photo of someone in a yoga pose or a cup of matcha tea. So I’ve decided to take a different view – this week I tried to find some reflections on Thanksgiving that might just bring a smile to your face or appeal to the irreverent aspect of your humor. After all, we could all use a laugh about now.
“A new survey found that 80 percent of men claim they help cook Thanksgiving dinner. Which makes sense, when you hear them consider saying ‘that smells good’ to be helping.” – Jimmie Fallon
“If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Someone needs to tell the turkey, ‘Man, just be yourself.'” – Mitch Hedberg
“The Thankstini: A fun and delicious new novelty drink I invented. Cranberry juice, potato vodka, and a bouillon cube. Tastes just like a turkey dinner.” – from How I Met Your Mother
“It’s not too much food. This is what we’ve been training for our whole lives. This is our destiny, this is our finest hour.” – from The Gilmore Girls
“Coexistence: What the farmer does with the turkey—until Thanksgiving.” – Mike Connolly
“I suppose I will die never knowing what pumpkin pie tastes like when you have room for it.” – Robt. Brault
“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” – Irv Kupcinet
“I’m looking forward to seeing pie this Thanksgiving more than members of my own family.” – Damien Fahey
“Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-time of the football game takes 12 minutes. This is not a coincidence.” – Erma Bombeck
“Cooking tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out.” – Nicole Hollander
“Thanksgiving: Bringing out the best in family dysfunction since 1863.” Anonymous (for obvious reasons!)
“Thanksgiving—when the people who are the most thankful are the ones who didn’t have to cook.” – Melanie Cook
“There’s always something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Even if it’s just not being a turkey.” – Unknown
“Money saving tip: Be sure to bring up politics at Thanksgiving dinner. It’s going to save you money on Christmas gifts.”
“Real ballplayers pass the stuffing by rolling it up in a ball and batting it across the table with a turkey leg.” – Tom Swyers (This one strikes a chord with me as it reminds me of the year that a large bowl of fresh whipped cream was placed on the table in front of Bob and me and we proceeded to take take large handfuls of it and have a whipped cream fight. And, no, we were not 10. We were in our 30’s. Perhaps there was some wine involved.)
Bob and I wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. However you are able to celebrate it, hopefully you will find something or someone to be grateful for.
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