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Thanksgiving Reflections 2011

Story ID:7611
Written by:Nancy J. Kopp (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Manhattan Kansas USA
Year:2011
Person:My family
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Thanksgiving Reflections 2011

Thanksgiving Reflections 2011

Thanksgiving Reflections 2011

How quickly the year slides by. We toast in the New Year and slide right by Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Lavor Day and now it’s Thanksgiving week. As a small child, it seemed like an eternity waiting for something special to roll around, and my mother would tell me that the older you get, the faster time goes. How right she war!

Thanksgiving week is upon us. This year, our two children, their spouses and children will be with us for three days. Oh yes, they’ll be binging the two dogs, as well. I’ll be tripping over kids and dogs and loving it.

I’ve been hauling in groceries for days and have been baking and cooking and stocking the freeaer for this family celebration. On Wednesday evening, we’ll have a big dinner which will end with a birthday cake for Karen, who will turn 40 on the Sunday after
Thanksgiving. I’ve written a story about the week she was born called “The Girl Who Has Birthday Cake and Pumpkin Pie” (Story ID 4530 )

Our son, Kirk, and family will drive to Kansas from their home near Dallas. It’s a 7 ½ hour drive, and he knows the road well, as do we. Karen’s family will have less time to drive as they live only 2 hours and 20 minutes east of us, near Kansas City.

The anticipation of this family gathering has been building steadily over the past month. We’ve not all been together since June when we had a family vacation in Vail, Colorado.
It seems os long ago and yet, it was only 5 months ago.

They’ll be here for a few days, and then the good-byes will be said, hugs and kisses given. But this time it won’t be so long before we see them as Christmas is not far off.
But we’ll see each family separately. Next year, we’ll all be together again for Christmas. It works out well to alternate holidays with in-laws.

Our older granddaughters are now in middle school and high school and so involved in many activities, but they still like to come to Grandma and Poppy’s house on holidays. The younger two, five and eight, look forward to coming, too. Jordan is bringing the Girl Schot cookies I ordered, and Cole will be looking for the cookies I always bake for him.

It’s a time of togetherness, feasting, love and nonstop conversation. This year, our Czech student, for whom we act as Host Family, will join us on Thanksgiving Day. Janka is a second year graduate student in Music. She is a very talented classical pianist..

There is still some house cleaning to do, guest beds to be made up, more cooking but it’s not a difficult task when it is done in the name of love and family. And yes, I’ll be exhausted by the time they leave. But it’s a good kind of tired. The Christmas gatherings will be at our kids’ homes and we’ll be the guests then. Sounds kind of good to me.

My blessings are many. Family is high on that list, but there are myriad others. My wish is for all to be able to count their blessings this next week, be they large or small. You’ll see them if you look carefully.