I have never been the person who comfortably eases her way into something new. Any time I start something new, I jump in with both feet… hands tied behind my back. Most of the time, I blindly stumble and feel my way around until I become more familiar with my new surroundings, but I never slowly acclimate myself. It’s been this way since I was a very young girl. I couldn’t just ride my bike… I had to ride my bike to my memaw’s house, then lift weights, then shoot baskets, then ride my bike home. When I got home, I practiced my long jump form in my homemade long jump pit. I couldn’t just jog a mile with my friend after school… I had to alternate each hundred yards with different exercises of skipping, side stepping, hopping on one leg then the other. I dare not just wash my car… I have to detail each and every square inch sometimes using Q-tips to reach far back into the air vents and even remove decorative pieces of trim to clean behind them.
Since 1993, when I was stationed in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Granny Taylor invited me to her house for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. Everyone who was a “regular” at Granny’s house was assigned a food item to bring. Crazy Aunt Carol brought the mashed potatoes, Aunt Donna made the potato salad, Aunt Tata made the green beans and corn casserole, and Tricia made the broccoli casserole. Granny would cook the turkey, ham, and stuffing. Since everyone knew how much I loved cooking and how early I liked to wake up (please note my sarcasm), I was assigned dinner rolls and ice. And not the good, homemade or even the frozen-and-let-rise kind. I’m talking the 10-minute, brown and serve variety. For the last 17 years, I have got to experience some of the best holiday food on the planet, spend time with some really great people (and with my own brother and sister), and all I had to do was wake up in time to put 12 dozen brown and serve dinner rolls in the oven.
Earlier this year, Granny Taylor passed away (LOVE you, Granny!) and her family is making slight revisions to their holiday plans. Although I’d probably be completely welcomed, I think it’s totally ludicrous to continue with the Taylor tradition until I’m nearing my 70’s, taking my kids who will be in their 40’s, and bringing my grandchildren who, if all happens in a timely manner, will be teenagers.
Now is the perfect time to begin a new tradition with my children, and hopefully one day grandchildren, in my home, and with a meal that I have prepared. I have not cooked an entire Thanksgiving meal since 1992, after Sierra was born, so this ought to be interesting. We’re having turkey, ham, stuffing (a very special recipe), and all the trimmings. I’m also making two pumpkin pies, and a cherry pie.
I’ll jump in with both feet… hands tied behind my back. For now, I’ll cook everything… the whole kit and kaboodle. Maybe one day, I’ll start assigning the menu items. (Sierra, you’ll have rolls and ice.)
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