Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. This is one of my favorite holidays. It is truly about family and friends being together. Not religion. Not presents. Not Christmas trees. Not finding the right twinkle lights. It is about eating together. It’s about cooking together. It’s about watching football together.
My fondest memories of Thanksgiving revolve around being home in Detroit, Lions football, talking football with my dad, and my dad making way too much food.
He would make for three people the following:
- Sauerkraut and Sausage
- Sweet potatoes
- Mashed potatoes
- Stuffed cabbage
- Homemade cranberry sauce
- Green Bean Casserole
- Pumpkin Pie
- Apple Pie
- Cheese dip and crackers
- Pickles, olives, radishes, celery, and carrot appetizer
I would often times sneak food to my dog Emma. Who would happily (for the both of us) be drooling with her head firmly pressed against my knee. As if I could forget that she was there.
My dad would complain, knowing I was feeding Emma. Then, later, while he would be cleaning dishes, I would see him feeding her scraps. Her body heavily leaning against his leg while he washed. He didn’t complain at all then. Sometimes, I would even sneak a glimpse of him smiling down at her.
I miss them both.
Some traditions can’t be continued. But, some, like Lions football, can. I look forward to my Lions/Packers game today. Not because I hope Matt Flynn will lead us to victory, but because it continues at least one tradition: Football.
Thank you NFL. You make it easier on days like today.
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