OK, Candyland Halloween is over and now we are moving on to Thanksgiving. This will be the first thanksgiving with just the two of us in a very long time because of safe distancing. So many people I know dread Thanksgiving because of family turmoil and heated discussions (mostly political) that are often fueled by libations. Well now you have a pretty good excuse this year to not endure that. Normally Thanksgiving is an emotional time with people traveling thousands of miles just to be with people they only see once a year and then discover once a year is way too often. To be honest, I’m not crazy about turkey but the side dishes are the main attraction. I think mashed potatoes and gravy are the headliner for me. I came from a family where gravy is considered a beverage and there was always at least two gravy boats on the table per person. Archeologists 10,000 years from now will believe this was a sacred feast where gravy boats were worshipped. The one good thing that happens on that day, no matter how many family disagreements arise, is the menu. Turkey, sweet and mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce and pies all bring us together for 20 minutes of peace and glutenous harmony. It’s true that some people look forward to seeing the pies more than seeing their own relatives. Maybe that’s because the pies are sweeter? It’s a day when diets are tossed aside and we are thankful for elastic waistbands and roomy bathrobes. So enjoy this traditional day of thanks, no matter how many are at your table even if you like them or not. ❤️Ro

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