This year, Erin won't be coming home for Thanksgiving. Although she's missed a couple of Christmases with us, this will be her first Thanksgiving on her own. I think she and her boyfriend will enjoy cooking up a turkey and creating their own Thanksgiving traditions this year. (And, besides, they both have full-time jobs now -- without much vacation time. This is something to be very thankful for, indeed.)
Talking to Erin about her plans got me remembering . . .
Let's take a little trip in the way-back machine. Back to 1979. . .
Tom and I were in college (he a senior; me a junior) . . . although not at the same place. I travelled up to Boise to spend the holiday with him. It was our first Thanksgiving together; my first Thanksgiving without my family.
We cooked a small turkey and made some mashed potatoes. We opened a can of cranberry sauce and baked up some Pillsbury crescent rolls. We even had a bakery-store pumpkin pie and a bottle of Mateus Rose* to drink!
(We strategically placed the bottle of wine in front of the pie, so you couldn't see that we'd actually already eaten half of it. . .)
(We also made some Really Bad gravy. It solidified. We fed it to the neighborhood cats.)
Such a fun Thanksgiving -- all on our own and just starting out! (We never imagined THEN . . . how many Thanksgivings we'd celebrate together. Or how much bigger our turkeys would become!)
How about you? What memories do you have of some of your early Thanksgiving celebrations?
* And since we're in the way-back machine anyway, check out this old commercial for Mateus Rose (which, at the time, I thought was the epitome of sophistication):