Is It Just Me?

If you have Thanksgiving at a relative’s or friend’s home, do you ever cook your own turkey the next day?

I remember a few years ago when I was volunteering in one of my son’s classes before Thanksgiving. The teacher was talking about all the wonderful smells as the Thanksgiving meal is being prepared. We had always gone to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving. So, I started to feel sad and a bit guilty that my sons hadn’t ever experienced all those wonderful smells at our house. I decided I would cook a turkey dinner the day after Thanksgiving. I don’t remember too much of it, but I did cook the meal and it came out well and was delicious.

I’ve done this at least one more time since then. The problem is that no one remembers it. The boys don’t even remember me ever cooking a Thanksgiving meal and my husband and me have a vague recollection of it. So, the main reason for doing this, so the boys would have fond memories of all the wonderful aromas, has completely eluded us. I thought about preparing this meal again this year and talked to my husband about it, but we just laughed, as we realized it probably wouldn’t be remembered, either.

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