Thanksgiving – the American holiday of feasting; family; friends. Also the fare is unique; at no other time during the year, at least in my family, and in my circle of friends, do we ever cook a whole turnkey, with stuffing; eat cranberry sauce…I mean cranberry sauce, picture the way you shake the can it comes in, it always comes canned, until the perfect cylinder of burgundy-red gelatinous stuff somehow wrongly identified as a “sauce”, slowly slithers out onto a serving plate. I love slicing it. Sauce slicing. Cranberry sauce I like. I’d eat it more often if it was served more often. It never is. At least not around here.
And potatoes. And gravy(s). Sweet potatoes in brown sugar sauce. Delicious sweet potatoes – I like them too! Corn. Butter on everything. And stuffing – I know I mentioned it above, but in my circle, we never eat stuffed meat dishes except at Thanksgiving. Yams, squash, vegetable casseroles – yes, vegetable casseroles. We never eat vegetable casseroles; except at this one crazy meal. Pies, pies, pies, ice-cream and whipped cream.
We never eat like this. Except for this one, unique holiday – Thanksgiving. It’s all good and I personally love Thanksgiving, mainly because it always means a 4-day weekend and I dig that; but, I actually like the food served. It’s a bit much, and I usually end up at at least two, sometimes three Thanksgivings. I like parties. Here’s the weird part; at least to me, I think this is weird about Thanksgiving. We, I mean us Americans, like I said above almost never, ever, ever eat these combinations of food all at once. But the entire point of eating all these somewhat uncommon foods, is that they are allegedly American foods. American foods that Americans almost never eat. At least not in this combination and in this amount.
Hey, I’m down with it! Don’t get me wrong, I like Thanksgiving; it’s a big party! It’s just kind of a weird celebration of Americaness, to eat a huge quantity of food, that Americans normally never eat all together like that. I mean the foods all together. And, it is suppose to have everything to do with being Thankful.
Being Thankful is an interesting, somewhat contrived notion, but a notion only possible amongst civilized, reasonably materially well-off people. Can you even visualize, what’s more give one good example of a savage, barbaric type, savage and barbaric for whatever reason, being thankful for anything? Angry, envious, enraged, cunning, perhaps fearful, but never Thankful. Thanksgiving is a civilized sort of affair based on the civilized notion of giving thanks. And then we go ahead and express various and many things we are Thankful for – friends, family, the great food, whatever.
Well, dear readers, naturally, like all good, civilized, reasonably well-off types, I too am thankful. I am thankful for many things, but this year I want to give thanks for the International Space Station, because tomorrow morning it is flying almost directly over my house at 6:20 AM, and I’ll be up with the dogs and binoculars to check it out! I love that thing! You can easily see it with the naked eye and if you haven’t checked out yet, you are missing the fun! Do it and tell me about it!
Check out this fun, fact filled website for all things ISS; including a photo of four female astronauts all on ISS at once! Girl power!
From the site: “Sixteen nations are involved in building and supporting the International Space Station: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.” So it really is International.
Spaceflight is a modern miracle, and the ISS is a miracle of modern technology, a shining example of international cooperation, and amazing testimony to the human spirit and is flying over my house tomorrow. So I’m thankful for that.
Hey everybody – Have a great Holiday!