The Last Best Thanksgiving

I am remembering Robo’s last Thanksgving, our last Thanksgiving together. I recently spoke to a friend who is going through a rough patch with a dying relative. She told me, I keep thinking of things in terms of “last” as in last birthday, last Thanksgiving, last Christmas, etc. I told her not to thinnk of them as the last, but the best or the most cherished. And that is what Thanksgiving 2011 is to me, and always will be. Thanksgiving was always Roberto’s favorite holiday, for reasons you can imagine: Food and football, a license to pig out and overdose on sports on TV? It doesn’t get better than that if you are a guy! The menu was fairly simple. We were hooked on Giada DeLaurentiis and her cooking shows, so a lot of the dishes were Giada-inspired. For starters, I made a berry strada. Followed by tomato and green bean casserole. I also made cornbread with creamed corn and jalapeno peppers, rich and creamy. I had found a fresh turkey breast at the grocer and roasted that on my own (later I would come to rely on precooked turkey from Pappas and Honey Baked Ham Co.). Dessert was the …

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Thankful

I’m sitting here in the kitchen on Robert’s laptop. He is in his room. He’s hurled yet another epithet at me. It hurt of course, they always do. I am getting ready to make another Chess Pie. It’s my mother’s recipe and I remember her serving it every single Thanksgiving of my childhood. I kept the tradition alive. But this time, Robert wanted to make the pie himself. So I let him. Naturally, he burned it. So now I’ve got to make another one, plus cranberry sauce (from whole cranberries). And I need to start the rest of the food. I just hope he stays in his room and out of my hair (and face) until it’s time for dinner. Then, I will probably fix a plate for myself and head to my office upstairs, my sanctuary, where only the cat comes up to see me. Where I can find peace, for a little while. Thankful? Even though my heart is broken over the way Robert’s and my relationship has deteriorated (I’m not sure how much of this I can or should attribute to his illnesses and paralysis), there are still a few things in my life that keep me …

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