Lying around all day with some strange new deep blue weekend funk, I'm not really asleep when my sister calls to say she's just hung up from talking with Aunt Bertha who is 89 and ill but managing to take care of Uncle Frank who is completely bed ridden. Aunt Bert says it's snowing there in Arkansas, on Catfish Lane, and she hasn't been able to walk out to their mailbox. She's been suffering from a bad case of the mulleygrubs. The cure for the mulleygrubs, she tells my sister, is to get up and bake a cake. If that doesn't do it, put on a red dress.
--Ginger Andrews (from Hurricane Sisters) So this Friday before Thanksgiving, think about Aunt Bert and how she'll celebrate Thanksgiving! And how about YOU? 1. What is your cure for the "mulleygrubs"?
calling an old friend, planning an adventure, getting my hair cut
2. Where will you be for Thanksgiving?
At home with both sets of parents
3. What foods will be served? Which are traditional for your family?
turkey cooked in a paper bag, 2 kinds of stuffing, dutch treats mashed potatos and peas, mom's pies and English Parsnip Soup
4. How do you feel about Thanksgiving as a holiday? I like it ...very little baggage and lots of great smells
5. In this season of Thanksgiving, what are you grateful for?
For another Thanksgiving with everyone in the immediate family alive and reasonably healthy
BONUS: Describe Aunt Bert's Thanksgiving.
Her church brings her and uncle Frank a Turkey dinner. A few of the folks stay to help serve it and eat it with them. Aunt Bert is grateful but sad that her life has gotten to this that others have to wait on them. She wonders if they will do this again for Christmas. She is happy to have some company besides Frank, even though she loves him. They stay to help with dishes and wrap up the leftovers. She wonders if she will have any time to knit mittens for the Christmas fair. She wonders what next year will bring. Still she is thankful that some folks thought of her and Frank and came to dinner. She couldn't fix Frank's favorate stuffing but dinner was better than what they had most nights and the company was lovely.
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