I announced last week that the kitchen was closed and we were going to have Thanksgiving at the Eden Resort Inn in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. My youngest son, Jon, who is a senior at Grove City College said, "Great! Lookin' forward to it." My oldest son said, "No way, I'll cook. You can't do that."
"Oh, yes I can...I'm the Mom!" I explained.
I'm writing the chapter on "Simplicity" for my next book and thought, "How can I make Thanksgiving more simple?"
That was easy..don't cook!
Last year we spent $150 on groceries. I cooked and cleaned all day (and the day before), used every pan, platter, and placemat in the house, cleaned all night, and fell into bed with an empty stomach (I forgot to eat!). There was 10 minutes of conversation at the table, and then they all drifted into the living room to watch the football game. I was left with the dishes (only female in the family), and said to myself, "Next year will be different."
It is different. I don't even have pangs of guilt, but rather a sense of gratitude in my heart and thankfulness in my soul.
Now back to writing on "simplicity," after I do my "Black Friday" shopping today (Monday). That's my other way to make it simple: shop off hours when everyone else is at work!
Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving. The kitchen will re-open next Monday (maybe!).
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