Happy November and Happy Thanksgiving. As I sit around thinking about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the first time I was responsible for the Thanksgiving meal. I called my Mother and got her best tips on how to prepare the meal. As I spoke with her, we wasn't concerned about the side dishes, but she was deliberate in her instructions about how to prepare the turkey.
She wanted to make sure I was aware of four things. 1) It takes several days for the turkey to thaw out. 2) You have to get up early to put the turkey in the oven as it will take many hours. 3) How to tell when the turkey was done. 4) Don't leave the turkey out too long after eating dinner.
Now that I am a turkey baking pro, I don't have to think twice about preparing Thanksgiving dinner. Last year, I went to visit my children in North Carolina and had to trust my son to pick up the turkey. I gave him simple instructions: Get a ten pound turkey with a pop up timer; make sure you purchase it no later than the weekend before thanksgiving; and lastly, put it in the refrigerator so it can thaw out.
On that Saturday I was busy getting ready for my trip, so I wasn't paying much attention to my cell phone. When I did glance at my phone, I discovered I had several missed calls from my son. When I finally returned his call, he was frantic indicating he couldn't find a turkey timer. "Mom, I have been all over the place and can't find that pop up thing you are talking about." I laughed because he didn't realize that the timer was built into the turkey. He had to laugh with me when he discovered what I was talking about. Oh the joys of preparing your first turkey or first thanksgiving meal.
As I think back on all the recipes and instructions my Mom gave me by telephone, I am grateful that she was there for me when I needed her. It's going to be tough this holiday without her. I am thankful for the wonderful memories. Think back to the first time you prepared the Thanksgiving turkey and thank whomever assisted you in preparing your fabulous meal.
From Step with Love Ministries, we wish each of you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Holiday.
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach