#reverb14 is the opportunity for us to reflect and project throughout 2014. Each month, Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting on a new prompt. Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.
Let’s talk turkey: Do you even like Thanksgiving food? If you could make the menu, what would you have? What was the most memorable Thanksgiving? What was served?
I love Thanksgiving. I think it took me until college to realize it, but it is the best holiday with the best food. While it commemorates a meal cooked long ago, it survives today for us to gather with loved ones and ensure that each family member consumes one stick of butter disguised as “gravy” and “side dishes” and “dessert.” Period. There are no gifts. There are no ceremonies. There’s just us, with our people and our favorite food.
Fact or Truth: I have loved mashed potatoes my whole life and this is
a the holiday that celebrates them.
Fact or Truth: I believe that Hand Turkeys are the one, true, original American art form and my love of them has been documented.
Fact or Truth: Each year, my aunt delegates the blessing over the meal to me. There have been years with very serious prayers for family members in the operating room and friends fighting cancer. But probably 75% of the time, I rely upon Ben Stiller’s prayer from Meet the Parents: Day by day, by day by day by day, O dear Lord, three things we pray. To love Thee more dearly. To see Thee more clearly. To follow Thee more nearly… day by day… by day. Amen.
Fact or Truth: I take it very personally that the New York Times wrote a story about 50 states worth of Thanksgiving side dishes (which I refuse to link to) that ascribed to Minnesota via an unnamed source something called Grape Salad. I still don’t really get what it is, I am 100% positive that I have never eaten it and I am also 100% positive that in my sojourns across the state, I have never seen it on a menu. From Austin Minnesota to Tofte, from Woodbury to Moorhead, We Don’t Eat That.
Fact or Truth: There was the Thanksgiving that wasn’t because I was packed off to a day full of rehearsals for the Nutcracker. At the time, I thought it was more exciting to go to another entire day of ballet, but in hindsight it seems like it was more of a plot fashioned by the artistic director of the ballet school to keep us from eating.
Fact or Truth: Each year I throw a Friendsgiving so that I can celebrate twice. Take that, ballet school director.
Fact or Truth: My love for this holiday is deep enough that I could go on for ages.