Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Hey all, here's hoping you all have a Happy Thanksgiving. This holiday has always been my favorite for a few reasons. One, we always ate at our house. We did Christmas at my Aunt's. And two, it doesn't involve gift giving. You all got together to just eat. In today's over-booked lives, I'm sure it's one of the few times during the year that whole families get together to just eat dinner.
Everyone in our family would try to squeeze around the big table. It was quite the event when you graduated up to the big table. George,Cousin #2,somehow never made it there until his 20's. Maybe it was based on maturity level! No wait, that can't be it. If that were the case, cousin Danny would still be at the little table, he's 55 and still puts his finger up his nose right before someone snaps a picture. Needless to say, I have 105 pictures of him with his finger up his nose. Maybe they just didn't like Georgie. I don't know,I'll have to think about that for a while! But I'm guessing it had something to do with keeping him separated from Jeff, the chosen one. They still have that wrestling problem.
At our house, it seems like everyone is trying to out scream each other. My mother and aunt were always trying to get us to act like we had at least a little class because someone always had a new boyfriend or someone else just tagging along. And God forbid, we didn't look like the perfect family.
I can still hear my mother screaming at the top of her lungs, "Who wants pumpkin pie?" And we actually had to raise our hands and Aunt Babe would count them out loud and scream to my mother. 9 Pumpkin Pies! Who wants Jello? etc.......And they were trying to get US to act like we had manners!
I'm not even going to get into the stories about my brother bringing home stragglers from his basketball teams over the years.
My sister and her family are coming to Pittsburgh this weekend. They hadn't been here for a few years. It seems like after a mother dies, everyone just sort of does their own thing. But my niece wanted to have a big old Thanksgiving like we used to have. So we are. But on Friday.
Oh well, better late than never!
If you aren't able to come back to the Burg for Thanksgiving, I'm sure you all will be here in spirit. Below is Pittsburgh's version of the Thanksgiving Turkey: Isley's chipped ham, pierogi's and Iron city beer. It doesn't get any better than that!
Hopefully you all are spending the day with people you love.
Obviously, no Anger Management this week girls.