I am excited about Thanksgiving. We pick up my granddaughter Kelsey and her friend Bridgette from the airport later today. If you have been reading my blog for several years, you may remember that Kelsey attends Johnson and Wales culinary school. She came two years ago for the holidays and impressed us with her cooking prowess. Well, she is cooking again only now she is in her fourth and final year and her friend, I think, is in her 3rd year. Also arriving later this week is her brother, my grandson Kurtis and his wife Michelle. Here is a photo of Kurt and Kelsey from an event last April.
When I was growing up our Thanksgiving celebrations included many aunts, uncles and cousins and always more than one roasted turkey. It was big, it was loud. it was wonderful and it was tradition. Now our kids and grandkids live in five different states. There are no complete family celebrations ever. I am lucky if I have one child and his/her family around. My Ohio daughter-in-law has a semi large family and John and I are always included which makes us very happy.
This year the two grandkids mentioned above and their dad, my oldest son, and his youngest son will be here for the long weekend, but the rest of our family will be scattered everywhere. It is our own fault. We brought up our children with the attitude that the whole world was theirs for the taking. We encouraged them to travel, to take risks, to cherish the adventure and they did. Darn them.
I am thankful for those who will be here in our home, but I will be missing the others. I know they will be missing us too, or at least missing Kelsey's good cooking.