Oct. 11, 2011 1:45 pm
Updated: Dec. 5, 2011 11:58 am
Thanksgiving.......a time of abundance, a table full of food, football games, a cold wintry day, warm glow of a fire, friends and family. Although I grew up in Hawaii where the Fall was cooler but never cold; where you didn't need a "winter coat"; and
the sun shone just about every day, Thanksgiving was a great time to be with family, eat turkey and all the trimmings and enjoy the day. It was time you saw some who was not around the rest of the year.
In our home my mom and dad cooked the largest turkey they could find at the commissary. There was rice and mashed potatoes and also sweet potatoes with marshmallows in the middle and baked with crushed cornflakes; there was at least 4 hot vegetables: green
beans, corn, carrots, peas; and condiments of canned cranberry sauce, olive, pickles. My mom made a great potato salad, there was 3 bean salad, green salad and gelatin salad. And of course, there was stuffing and gravy. Pumpkin pie was the major dessert
but other desserts were on the dessert table too. Yes, it was a lot of food but there was a lot of people who showed up.
Neighbors, family, friends...we didn't have a TV so it was a time of "kanikapila" = playing music and singing, dancing hula. Some folks went to the football game; a doubleheader of the high school playoffs, then dropped in to eat afterwards. There was eating
going on all day long. Such pleasant memories of the love shared.
There was and still is much to be thankful for. Even if there is just a chicken, rice, a vegetable and fruit for dessert, it is a lot to be thankful for. Love shared is the best thing to be thankful for. When love flows, it motivates pure and powerful thankfulness
and love is like an unending circle, it keeps going on.
May your days of sharing meals be thankful ones including Thanksgiving!