Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Giving Thanks

We are heading off to Montana for Thanksgiving. Phil and I will spend the day with my brother, and probably a couple of his friends who are far from their homes and families.

It has been a long time since I’ve spent a holiday with Pat. But I have a pretty good idea of how the day will go.

We’ll arrive on Thursday and get to his house in time to get in his way in the kitchen (have I mentioned that Pat is a really really excellent cook?).

There will be wine.

His miniature Schnauzer, Moose, and giant Schnauzer, Squirrel (Pat spells it more creatively but I can’t remember exactly how – sorry), will be overcome with excitement to have strangers – who smell like cats – in their home. Exuberant behavior will ensue until someone suggests it might be a good idea to take them for a walk before dinner. Phil will gladly oblige.

I’ll wash dishes.

It’s what I do when visiting my siblings for the holidays. It makes me feel marginally useful, and I’m a hell of pot-scrubber, thank you very much.

Did I mention there will be wine?

Eventually we’ll sit at the table – which will be fabulously appointed. We’ll begin to eat ourselves into a happy little coma, while talking, joking, sharing opinions (Phil has learned that Morrows are never at a loss for an opinion . . .), telling stories and generally basking in the glow of good food and good company.

There will be more wine . . .

Everyone will help clear the table and package up leftovers and get the kitchen in ship-shape. We may play a game of Uno or Greed or Taboo.

Pat and I might have a moment where we get a little bit sad missing our parents, but that will pass.

It will be a really good day.

And I’ll be thankful.

For family, friends, abundant food and the fact that I’ve never had to spend a Thanksgiving with any of the people mentioned in this article. Yikes.

So . . . let’s all be thankful for what we have . . .

I think I’ll have another glass of wine!


  1. Sounds like a great time! Say hi to Pat for us! And we would LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to crash our Thanksgiving (or any other day for that matter!!) some day!
    Enjoy and travel safely!

  2. I hope it was everything you said it would be. And even if I ask, don't tell me what he cooked. I still tingle with delight when I think of the last Thanksgiving dinner he cooked for us. Oh my!!! As to games. Well there was that Energizer bunny thing that I didn't guess. He gently took me by the front of my shirt and said," Will you PLEASE start watching television?!!" Peggy