One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. I believe Thanksgiving is a day that everyone can agree on two things:
(1) a great day of eating amazing food with family & friends
I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t seem to agree with me on no. 2. Some of the best sleep of my life has taken place on Thanksgiving day. I love nuzzling into the couch and drifting off to the NFL’s Detroit Lions getting blasted every year. It seems the older that I get, the more I enjoy a nice “uninterrupted” nap. Plus, I think my belly stuffed full of food helps, too.
Since I moved to Ohio last year, I am going to officially miss two Thanksgivings with my family. Last year, I did make my own Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. It was the first time I ever made that big of a meal – all for me. But I will tell you, it certainly was nice not having to fight my twin brother for the last piece of pumpkin pie since I had the pie all to myself. Sadly, I’ve realized there are ‘some’ benefits of having your own Thanksgiving. And I won’t forget I had leftovers for a month :/
Now, there was only one ‘dish’ I didn’t make for my Thanksgiving meal last year. Its not because I couldn’t, but its because I probably would’ve messed it up in a major way. Every year, for as long I can remember, my mom, Bonnie, would always call me a week before we would have Thanksgiving dinner and ask me if I had any requests. Of course, being the ‘diva’ child that I was, I did. I told my mom, “You know what I like. Make me pistachio pudding.” To this day, I have NO IDEA how she makes it. And quite honestly, I don’t want to know. Pistachio pudding, for some odd reason, I crave in the month of November. And Bonnie has a way of making it in such a way that makes the fat child inside of me scream for more. I have to admit, I grew up eating amazing food cooked by an even more amazing mother. Every meal for me was like Thanksgiving. So missing a South Dakota Thanksgiving is ‘kindofabigdeal’, if you know what I mean.
I want to wish all the MLHR students a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope every can and will make it home for the holiday weekend.
And if anyone is having amazing pistachio pudding at their Thanksgiving this year, eat two bowls “In the Name of Eric”. Please. And thank you.