Thanksgiving 2020: Like No Other

It’s a Thanksgiving like no other, a remarkably different nearly solo experience, being played out all over America today, for those of us who have heeded the advice of our leaders.  Like most of us, we have no big baking, cooking, or even barbecuing today for a feast. No feast, just a kind of complicated, labor intensive dinner worthy of the occasion.

We made butternut squash and stuffing with walnuts and a little chicken roaster who only weighed 3.6 pounds. Combined with some store-bought canned cranberry sauce and gravy, we were ready to feast in our own low-key way.

But we were bolstered as we read on Facebook about 100 different homes doing the same thing, little feasts with celebratory photos and only a few large crowds. My daughter apologized for what looked like a verboten guest number…”It looks like you have a huge crowd when you have as many kids as we do,” she explained.

As usual I get antsy on the holidays, they seem to drag on and I can’t wait to get back to my work. So today on this Friday after feast day, when teh whole world has the day off I am enjoying a little work time here at the kitchen table. So it’s all good, everyone doing what they want to do.  That’s one of the takeaways I think that has come from the pandemic. People are no longer just doing what they need to do, they are making do with much less and in many ways, remaking themselves to ride it out, or change totally.

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