Thursday, November 26, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

I look upon Thanksgiving as one of the ultimate 'Mom Holidays".  It is a day for our matriarchs to gather their families together and stuff them to the gills, showing their love in the most basic of ways - through food.  It is a decadent holiday, full of rich comfort foods almost to the point of obscenity.  It is a purely American tradition - other countries may have Thanksgivings, but none do it like we do.  And who do we have to thank for this wonderful, satisfying tradition becoming what it is today?  American moms.

The bountiful gifts this great country showers on us are taken by our mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunts and fashioned into a feast that nourishes our bodies and soothes our souls.  The trials and tribulations of the past year are washed away in a deluge of turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.  Our bellies are filled, our minds are at rest, and it is all due to the magical women in our lives and the love they so lavishly put into every dish. 

Today we give thanks for the many blessings God has rained down upon us.  So while we are busy thanking Him for our great country, our troops who keep us free, the bounties on our tables and all the many other blessings in our lives, let's take a moment to thank the women who made it all possible.  Not just the ones who physically created the feast we are enjoying today, but those who came before us, who kept the tradition alive. 

Through wars, depressions, recessions and civil upheaval, the matriarchs have kept us going with their love, support and comfort food.  We are not just re-enacting what the Pilgrims did, we are celebrating the heart and soul of this country - the American family. Not just those we were born to, but those we invited in.  And presiding over it all are our matriarchs, infusing the day with the love only a mother could provide.

God bless them, God bless us all, and God bless America.

Let the feasting begin!



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