This year I have a little more to be thankful for than previous years. We will have our entire family together in one place for the first time in a very long time.
Our kitchen is tiny, but for one day we will add a small folding table to the end of our dining table to expand it. For one day there will be 8 people surrounding it, giving thanks and praise, and sharing a meal.
The meal will be half traditional American Thanksgiving and the other half will be Italian.
This year, the amount of food we cook will not result in leftovers. We’re being thankful, celebrating family, love, and other sweets.
So what’s so different? Why be extra thankful? It’s a long story. I’ll make it short.
My sister and I have differing opinions on our childhood. Some things we agree on, while we don’t on others. This usually leads to arguments, the slamming of phones (or is clicking off now, since we’re all mobile?) And we’d go months — sometimes years without talking.
Two years ago we FINALLY reconnected. While it may have been over a family tragedy (our cousin had just passed away), perhaps it made us realize that life is too short and that we do need our family. That year we went to Las Vegas for my birthday. And it’s been hard not to bring up the past, but we’re accomplishing great strides.
She’s still my little sister, the biggest pain in my ass, but also one of the best loves of my life.
So this year, I’m thankful for having everyone I love and adore at our Thanksgiving dinner.
As I mentioned earlier, family is important to me. I’m very family oriented and I love being around them. My sister loves my kids and they love her. My mom radiates now that she and her daughter are close again, and best of all my daddy will be here too (yes, I’m a daddy’s girl – always was and always will be).
Our family dynamic has always been odd, but one thing that hasn’t changed is my love for celebrating family.
It has always been one of the biggest highlights of my life. Being surrounded by the people you love and adore has always been able to put me in an almost euphoric state.
There are people, whom I haven’t been able to spend holidays with in over 13 years, and I miss them too.
Holidays have always been a time when we celebrate family, we’d always come together. This year, we start our own traditions — because it’s never too late to do so.
What Other Sweets?
Funny story: A few weeks ago, my sister found out that I make crepes. She was craving crepes with Nutella and bananas, so I told her I’d make them for her. She was hesitant — until she tasted one. She then said it tasted better than a restaurant’s (SCORE!).
So for dessert this year, I plan on making a crepes buffet among other things.
It’s my nature to please people, and this is one way that I can ensure that my sister enjoys celebrating holidays with her family again.
For my dad, I will be making cannolis. For my mom, I will be making a ricotta pie.
Chris and the kids will eat whatever I place before them!
So this year, we’ll be thankful and celebrate our family. If you think about it, it’s almost like a family reunion and I can’t wait!