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What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Has the weather caused you or your family/friends to cancel or alter plans?

There are many things to love about Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday. But that was not so much the case when I was in junior high. Why? the seating arrangements at dinner.

The festivities would be at my grandparents' house. The beautiful walnut table in the formal dining room could seat ten. Everything would be laid out with the china and all of the scrumptious courses, often a cornucopia of ten or more offerings. The spread and presentation was worthy of the November issue of Ladies Home Journal.

There were 14 people typically: my grandparents, my parents, my great aunt and uncle, my aunt and uncle, and six kids. The problem was that my dad is 19 years older than my aunt, and she is nine years older than I am. She married young and kicked out four stair step critters.

Before my cousins entered this world, my brother and I got to be diners nine and ten at the table. But as the ducklings popped out of my aunt's oven, my brother's and my seat at the dining room table was replaced by high chairs. The kitchen table was unavailable as it was covered with the desserts staged to follow dinner, so we were relegated to the folding card table set up in the living room.

When it was just my brother and I that wasn't too bad except that my brother never could eat with his mouth closed. He loved to put the peas in his mashed potatoes prior to eating them. This was not an appetizing sight today the least

As my cousins got older and younger ones came along to take the high chairs, they joined us at the card table. Let me tell you, there is nothing a 14 year old looks forward to more than sitting at a card table dining with a three year old to the right, a four year to the left, and Mister Green Goop directly across with his mouth open. Glasses were spilled, food was thrown, little kids cried. It was pure hell

I was finally able to convince my mom and grandmother to let me eat off of a TV tray. As the youngest cousins got old enough to forego the high chairs, all four of them shared the card table. My brother and I got to return to table to eat with the people. My cousins did not get along and it was not uncommon for dinner to be interrupted by disputes and antics coming from the card a couple of times. More than once, my aunt marched an offender out to the patio for a discussion featuring nonverbal communication.

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Nov 23 @ 11:53AM  
This year will be my first in Missouri and as my son-in-law has to work of Thanksgiving Day, it will be celebrated, or should I say observed, today. One of the major detriments to beiing up here is his family. Calling a spade a spade, they are white trash losers, especially his three sisters who chase men and caatch kids..

It was supposed to be us and his parents, but his three sisters took advantage of the opportunity at the last minute to ship out to their six kids to grandma's to come over here at the last minute. All that anyone else is contributing are three pies and six obnoxious dumb ass kids. None of this was expected so there is only a twelve pound turkey. I'll spend most of the day in my room.

Nov 23 @ 12:05PM  
And that's why I prefer to be alone..


Nov 23 @ 12:14PM  
I'm with you! I'd be in my room most of the day, too!!!

Nov 23 @ 5:04PM  
I remember being at one of those card tables. I was the only child but my mother had bothers and so I was banned to the card table with my cousins. I was older and being there with a bunch of kids 5 years in age on down was something I did not look forward to on holidays.

Nov 23 @ 6:19PM  
My Mom used to set up 2 card tables on thanksgiving. The adults, which consisted of my parents, Mom's brother and his wife, and Mom's sister and her husband, and then the cousins, plus Mom's parents. So that was 8 adults, and about 12 kids. Good times.

Actually, Thanksgiving back then was fun. Of course, at that time, there was only one tv in the house, and when the football games started, the guys were all in the living room watching. Commercial come during one game, flip the channel to catch some action on one of the other games. Dad has always loved football. He doesn't care who is playing, he likes football.

Now, Thanksgiving dinner is just my parents, my sisters, got a brother-in-law this year (my niece's Dad), and of course my niece and nephew, and Mom is fine with that. Not as much of a mess to clean up that way.

Nov 23 @ 11:39PM  
I will be happy to send along my five grandkids if you run short of the junior crowd. I have found "the grandma look" usually brings them to order rather quickly. Probably because they are well aware of what phase two will be.

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