Aside from Christmas, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year.
The older I get, the more I realize the holidays are all about spending time with family and the importance of being surrounded by those you love. When I was younger, I would always fast-forward from Thanksgiving to Christmas, mostly because I looked forward to Santa Claus coming to town and waking up to a room full of presents on Christmas morning.
I was a big fan of the J.C. Penny Christmas Catalogue and tore through the pages looking for the perfect gift every year. Between my sister Taunya and I, we flipped through the pages of the “toy” section more than a thousand times before compiling a short list for Santa. I spent a lot of time in the entertainment section and always wanted the latest technology they had to offer, while Taunya loved Barbie dolls.
We always spent Thanksgiving Day at Mamaw and Papaw’s house at Round Hill in that two-story house near Estes General Store. Things changed when I got older, but I still remember my cousins and I sitting at our own little table feasting on turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings. I can still remember the first taste of my grandmother’s dumplings. They were so good. Everything else was delicious too, but there was just something about Mamaw’s dumplings. I looked forward to them at Thanksgiving, even though my mind was on Christmas.
I also looked forward to moving up to the “big” table with the adults. Now that I am way past that stage, those were the simple times we often take for granted when we were young. I know I did, but the memories still linger.
When I got older, I later found out that my late grandmother was a cook and a good one at that. She worked in the cafeteria at Mayfield Elementary School and she also was a cook at one time for long-time Madison County Jailer Frank King.
We had Rhonda’s family down for our annual Thanksgiving Feast last Sunday and enjoyed having them down from Jackson County. We celebrated Thanksgiving a little earlier than usual because of work schedules and such, but we celebrated in style with Rhonda and her sister, Melony dividing up the cooking duties. I spent most of the morning preparing the house for company. We played “Logo” and also “Apples to Apples,” both of which are entertaining when it comes to family get togethers. We laughed and we cried tears of joy.
We put aside our iPhones and other social media platforms and enjoyed our time together. As a rule of thumb when I am out for dinner with Rhonda or anyone else, the iPhone stays in my pocket and doesn’t come back on until we get home. Technology is good and a huge part of my two jobs, but sometimes, you just have to get back to the basics.
Next week, I urge each and every one of you top put the smart phones aside, be thankful, and spend quality time with family and friends. Trust me, it’s fun and relaxing to catch up with family and friends without social media distractions.
It will be well worth it. Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll.