“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “Thank you,” That would suffice.”

When I woke up, it was raining. Henry was out quickly and back inside even more quickly. Since then, the rain has been intermittent. I’m watching the parade.  My Thanksgivings always start with the parade. I remember sitting close to the TV and even closer to the bowl of M&Ms. They never lasted very long. My father always watched the football games. When he did, the rest of us played games at the kitchen table. Kismet was a favorite. On Thanksgiving night we had turkey and all the fixings again. That was the start of turkey day leftovers. We’d have open turkey sandwiches covered with gravy, regular sandwiches with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce and finally turkey soup, one of my favorites. My father was the champ in stripping the bird of all its meat.

I am thankful for all those memories of family, of gathering around the table heaped with food. I can see my father at the head of the table eating his turkey leg. He loved gravy and mashed potatoes. He loved the canned cranberry sauce. One year my mother made a cranberry chutney and served it in orange skins. My father never touched it. He did eat the green bean casserole. I think maybe he even ate the squash dish made from a recipe my aunt gave us. We had pies, my father’s favorite, apple pie, and my favorite, lemon meringue pie. I’d go home on Friday with a bag filled with leftovers.

I am grateful today for so many things. I love my family and my friends who have become family. I hold my Coffee family close. We have never met but that’s no never mind. You don’t need to be related or even have met to be family. I am so thankful for the life I have been lucky enough to live.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Explore posts in the same categories: Musings

14 Comments on ““If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “Thank you,” That would suffice.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Raining over here too but it’ll change to snow during the night, it’ll be exciting to drive to work tomorrow morning 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    • katry Says:

      I’m glad for the rain. My sister has a foot or so of snow and another storm is coming tomorrow.

      Good luck on driving to work. Be careful!

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Like your father I love the turkey leg and the canned cranberry sauce. Who in their right mind would want cranberry chutney for Thanksgiving? Maybe Indian Americas, dot not feather. 🙂 When it comes to Thanksgiving I’m a strict constructionist and a conservative. 🙂 I have made room for smoked turkey rather than the more traditional oven roasted variety mainly because I don’t really like turkey and disguising it helps. We don’t do green bean anything because my better half doesn’t like them. Instead we are having asparagus.

    Shortly, Santa Claus will come down 34th street and we will watch the National Dog Show. Then, we will watch the Cowboys try not to stink up AT&T stadium against the Buffalo Bills.

    I’m thankful for so much this year. I’m thankful that the tornado didn’t destroy our home nor injure or kill anyone. I’m thankful for my kids who are healthy. I’m thankful for my spouse who does so much to make my life better I can’t even begin to make a list. I’m thankful for my friends including you and those on this blog.

    Later today the gift buying frenzy that marks this time of year will begin in earnest as some stores will open today to get a jump on Black Friday. Of course, many are spending right now online. Thanks to all who are spending money for keeping our economy healthy. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I’m also watching the dog show. My Henry is probably represented by a few breeds. He’s napping.

      The cranberry chutney was delicious. My mother also served the canned variety. I like that too. It is best for the sandwiches. I think dinner can be a variety of old and new dishes. We all make that squash dish so it connects us to our mother and to tradition. I love turkey in all its variations. My father only liked canned asparagus. He was old school and his mother was a bad cook so that explained some of his choices.

      My father would have also watched the Cowboys. Football was part of his Thanksgiving.

      You do have so many reasons to be thankful, but then I suppose most of us do. A good life is filled with many reasons to give thanks.

      I have a few things to get. My sisters haven’t yet told me what they want.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Mark Says:

    I’m glad to see that your computer is more or less back up and running and grateful for your “Keep the Coffee Coming”. Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone that visits your site.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Mark. You are one of my Coffee regulars for whom I am thankful every day. Without you and my other friends, Coffee would not be here. I have been writing it since 2004.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, dear Americans!
    Thanks for your blog, Kat!
    Crossing fingers that your computer problems are solved soon.

    • katry Says:

      That the guy could recharge it made me so thankful. I hope the new charger coming tomorrow will be it for computer problems.

      I am about to get dressed to go out to dinner. Let the meal begin!!

  5. I’m hoping that your & your menagerie enjoy a splendid Thanksgiving on the Cape, Kat!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, countreeshard

      I had dinner with friends at a wonderful restaurant on the water. We got to see an unexpectedly lovely sunset. My dinner was wonderful. I shared a bit of turkey with Henry and Jack.

      I also hope you’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  6. Rowen Says:

    A belated Happy Thanksgiving, and congratulations on getting you computer back. I was thinking of you when I saw some of the parade.

    I like the sound of your mother’s cranberry chutney. That sounds fun.

    • katry Says:

      My computer wouldn’t charge even with the new charger. The problem was I bought the wrong cable. I then tried the old cables, nothing. I have ordered a new cable. The wrong one is okay for my upstairs iPad.

      I watched the whole parade, but I was a bit disappointed. There were too many musical acts and not enough parade.

      The chutney was delicious and the orange skin gave the table color.

  7. Hedley Says:

    I am horribly late to the show so apologies, so I want to wish everyone in the KTCC family a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.

    Right back to the cleaning up for the 20 people in my house

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I can’t even fathom a meal with 20 people let alone the clean up.

      I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did.

Comments are closed.