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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!

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

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


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

    Sounds yummy! I hope your day was wonderful!


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