Is Thanksgiving next week? My head is spinning, because I just got up on April 30th, and hit the “public” button on my website. At least, I thought I did. Now, Memorial Day, 4th of July, the summer, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, and finally Veteran’s Day have all passed. Is it age? I remember the old folk saying to me as a young woman, just wait until you’re older, then the time really does fly. I think when one is younger, they are so busy living and enjoying, they aren’t cognizant of time’s passage. Of course, that’s an entirely different topic; one for another day. As a high-ranking member of the Procrastinator’s Club, I have to say – each year I plan to do my gift shopping during the summer months and every time, there I am running around all of December trying to get it done. Why don’t I ever learn? But, for this upcoming holiday, I will take my two days to do some much-needed resting and allow someone else to do the cooking.
Moving on, has anyone reading this ever watched the show Love/Lust? No, it’s not about that – it’s broadcast on The Sundance Channel, and each week they feature one other thing after which we on this planet love or lust. The other day they discussed comfort foods. The episode began with Mac & Cheese, then moved on to Pizza, Soul Food, Hamburgers, and finally the infamous Jewish Deli. I said that to say, the holidays are a time when we all look for that familiar spread – each ethnicity to their own, and although some years I have stepped away from the traditional; I do find it kind of mandatory to enjoy my ethnic comforts at least once a year. Even as I write this, I have to smile – I get giddy when I think of the Thanksgiving and Christmas eats, and depending on your nationality it could instead include Chanukah, Kwanzaa or whatever other day that’s celebrated in this time frame. But these really are times when it’s almost obligatory to present the classic pacifiers.
However, food or not, “Tis the season” for getting together with family and friends – making your way through some crowded airport or stuck in traffic on one or more of the many highways and byways; all to spend time with your folks. Not to get off topic, but I just need to add a complaint. I think every year industrialization pushes us one day – two days – one week further away from the beginning of the festivities by shoving their time clock in our faces. I don’t know about where you live, but the local Rite-Aid by me, had December 25th items in the store the week of Halloween. Someone left a joke on Facebook of a turkey screaming at Santa – “Okay, Fat Boy, get back in your sleigh and wait your turn,” (something to that effect). Although, somewhat crude, I found it right on time, and a turkey after my own heart. Over the years, statistics have proven that this approaching celebration is the busiest of all, since at Christmas most people are home with their children. So, right now take a deep breath, slow down, enjoy the scenery, and let’s operate on our own time clocks. Now, although it’s a whole week away – have a happy.
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