Thanksgiving, Yes! This is the time of year to gather with love ones for what I like to affectionately refer to as the four Fs: Fun, Football, Food, and Family time!
The way we have fun is by entertaining each other with games such as Monopoly, Bingo, Spades, and Gin Rummy. Some of the more physical fun might include croaker sack races, foot races, dance contests, and football tosses. Personally, I especially love challenging any takers, kids or adults, at dancing. The truth is, I am an exceptionally horrible dancer, but I have loads of fun while “getting my groove on,” or whatever you want to call it. It usually brings out lots of shaking of the head and statements like “What is he doing?” “Is he having a seizure?” Or, “I need a drink after seeing that.”
As for football, not everyone is interested in watching incredibly athletic men passionately chase after an oblong shaped ball made of pigskin. Of course, but that doesn’t stop most of the family from crowding in before the TV where there are lots of comments like, “Ah man! Are you kidding me?” “That was a catch!” “Ref, what’s wrong with you?” And, “No!!!!!” To be honest, there are also some more colorful expressions as well, but we will leave those to the imagination. I am sure you know exactly what I mean.
For anyone who has seen my belly, it should come as no surprise that another favorite part of Thanksgiving is the food! That fat cat Garfield has nothing on me when it comes to loving food, food, food! Turkey whether fried, baked, or roasted, collard greens, mac and cheese, cornbread dressing, green beans, butterbeans, potato salad! These are just some of the favored dishes. And while I will not list the desserts, can you picture a slice of warm, homemade chocolate pecan pie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? This just happens to be one of my favorites.
As we say in the south, now that is some good eatin’!
Finally, there is family time. I do not know which is sweeter: the variety of desserts or the gifting of quality time. Everyone does not celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, even in my family. However, everyone who partakes in the festivities during this time of year is celebrated by all; for their presence rather than presents, for their love, and for just being. I, of course, don’t know what you do during this time of year, but whether you have loved ones around or not, I encourage you, too, to find a way to take time out for the four F(s): Fun, Football, Food, and Family.
Happy Thanksgiving my friends, and thank you for being the very special you that you are!
Whatever you do during this time, may it positively serve as a Road to Victory.