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A Singular Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Last night, I made a cranberry/pineapple relish, baked up a bunch of sweet potatoes, and got everything else prepared for today. Now, I have a sweet potato casserole in the oven, garlic mashed red new potatoes in a pot on the stove, stuffing ready to be mixed (yes, I went the Stove-Top route), and a roasted turkey leg (picked up in the deli section of Kroger yesterday) ready to be marinated in Creole Garlic Butter marinade and put in the oven to reheat.

Who am I cooking all of this for? For me. Yes, I’ll be eating leftovers for days to come. I know that most people are concerned when they find out that I spent Thanksgiving alone, but over the last couple of years, I have come to find pleasure in the solitude of the day—more so than just a break from work. Through cooking the food, watching the Macy’s parade, and enjoying one of the few large, mostly home-cooked meals I eat at home, I am reminded of all the things I am thankful for in my life—and part of that is my singleness. No, I don’t always enjoy being single, but today I focus on the positives. At Christmas, I will have nine days with my family, which more than makes up for not getting to see them at Thanksgiving.

I know that this time of spending Thanksgiving alone is just a season in my life. I hope one day to live close enough to my parents to be able to spend the day with them without putting a travel burden on any of us. I also hope one day to be married and to be able to share the reflection on blessings with my husband. Until then, though, I will enjoy my Singular Thanksgiving Day and pray that you and yours enjoy your day, filled with good food and loved ones and loads of blessings!

2 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink
    Monday, November 27, 2006 7:51 pm

    I hope your Thanksgiving Day was wonderful. I know I’m thankful for you.:)

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  2. Anonymous permalink
    Wednesday, November 29, 2006 11:11 pm

    Sounds yummy! I hope your day was wonderful!

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