Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Past and Present

Thanksgiving Eve:

Weeks ago, I called and knocked at my cousin's, David, front door. The only response I received was a growl and some barking from the German Shepherd in the backyard. Last week, the ringing of the doorbell caught my attention.
I said, "Hey, I was calling and looking for you. I want you to bring something for the dinner on tormorrow," as I welcomed David into the house.
"Yeah, I know. I saw the note you left in the door. I was in Louisiana," David offered.
"How are you doing?" I asked.
"I'm not walking around too good,"  David offered. After a brief pause, he continued, "I had four knee operations."
Leading the way to the family room, I asked, "Four knee operations? How can that be? " in amazement. "You only have two knees."
Laughing at my questions, David replied, "Oh, I had some fluid drained off of them, and I'm on 100% disability, too. I was on 50%, then 60%, then 90%, now it's 100%. That's why I have this walking cane."
"Oh my," I said with a chuckle. "So, are you coming for the family Thanksgiving dinner on tomorrow?" I asked. "I'm frying a turkey, and I want you to bring..."
"No, that's why I came over  -  to tell you that I won't be here."
"Why not?"
"I'm going to my daughter's house in Maryland for dinner. I'll be back on Friday. My wife, Angela, is in Louisiana with our other daughter." After a brief pause, David continued, "Did I tell you that someone broke into my house?"
"Yeah, last year," I thought. Finally, I replied and lied, "No, what happened?"
David formed his thoughts for a moment and said, "Well, the burglar came in the backyard, walked passed my German Shepherd, Tiffy, and came in the house through a window. No one saw who did it, though."
"Was anyone home?" I asked.
"No," replied David.
"What did they take?"
"They took Angela's costume jewelry and the bottom plate of my false teeth. I don't know what they are going to do with either one of them," David said matter-of-factly.
Suppressing a laugh, I said, "I'm sorry you can't join us for dinner on tomorrow. But, had you planned to attend; I was going to make you bring caviar, champagne and some premium crackers."

David gave a blank expression to my dinner request; then, we exchanged phone numbers with promises of keeping in touch more ofter.

Last Thanksgiving:

So, I'm standing next to the refrigerator/freezer during the annual family Thanksgiving dinner and my cousin, Marcus, asks:
"Charles C.! Where is the ice?"
I replied, "I dunno. But, the freezer next to me would be a good place to start."

Thanksgiving Long Ago:

This was one of Daddy's favorite recipes for Cornbread Stuffing:

1 package of cornbread stuffing mix
2 onions
4 celery stalks
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons dried sage, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup of uncooked popcorn

Mix above ingredients and place inside the turkey's cavity. Cook until the popcorn blows the turkey's a*$ across the room.

Until next week...keep praising His name!

Sir Charles

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