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LJ Idol week 10 - giving of thanks FREE TOPIC


I have not been home for Thanksgiving since I left to start college.


Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy spending time with my family, and still make the trip back to Wisconsin as often as I can to see everyone. And I love my family’s version of Thanksgiving. This week just isn't a good time. Sure the airfare is expensive and the airports are packed. But that's not the major reason.


You see, in WI the week of Thanksgiving is also the week of deer season. Nearly all of my male relatives are spending this week hunting. More accurately: hunting, drinking, cooking, and playing cards. So if I went home this week I would only get to see my dad and my brother (and the uncles and some of the cousins) at the big dinner, which seems silly.


When I was in grade school we’d all head out to Auntie Kathy’s camp with various side dishes (that got pre-made where there were normal sized ovens). Uncle Ray would be grilling the turkey, someone would be making fry-bread, and last minute reheating and prep would be happening everywhere in the two room building. The hunters would all have met at the camp earlier in the day to do a deer run, and they would get back around two in the afternoon for food. Everyone wore bright orange for outdoor safety whether hunting or not. The afternoon was relaxed and informal. There were a lot of laughs, a lot of stories, and a lot of hugs.


I am thankful to have such wonderful memories.


I am also thankful for all of the various “orphan’s” Thanksgiving potlucks I have attended over the years with friends in multiple states.


I am grateful for the years I celebrated Thanksgiving as a strictly solitary holiday, making a solo dinner.


I am grateful to be going with J back to his dad’s this year – to be joining a new family in their Thanksgiving.


However you celebrate Thanksgiving, whoever you celebrate Thanksgiving with, I hope the day is one to remember for all of the right reasons.


@@@This is my entry for week 10 of LJ Idol – the topic is ‘giving of thanks’.  This is a free week – so there is no voting, just writing and sharing. In fact – anyone who wants to write on the topic and link it at community.livejournal.com/therealljidol/203626.html is welcome to do so; please join in if you choose.  Thank you for reading.@@@

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This is lovely. Have a wonderful holiday!

Thanks. I hope your day is happy too.

You have a great day. It is just a normal day for me up North. *grin*

Heh, it must be strange to have so many of us having a holiday when it's a normal day for you. I hope it's still a happy one.

So far so good... Wanna have a BLT salad from Wendy's?

I am the total Thanksgiving orphan. I've potlucked and barged in on more families than I can count. And tomorrow I'm barging in on yet another family and potlucking for a second T-Giving on Friday!

I have spent so many years either making green bean casserole or stuffing and then appearing at someone's door. I've always enjoyed the orphan potlucks. I'm impressed that you're getting two dinners, nicely done!

wonderful wonderful memories. Have a happy Thanksgiving this year!

Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

Aw, this is so sweet. Love it.

(Unrelatedly, did you change the font color of your post or in your journal? It was near impossible to read directly from my flist because it looked like this:


Thanks ;)

That's very wacky. I didn't do anything different. I copied this over from the text program on Jay's computer which I haven't done before, I usually post from my laptop - and I'm seeing some weird HTML at the top of the entry when LJ emails me my notifications. I'll see if I can fix that.

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