I am so Grateful for the Thanksgiving Holiday, truly my favorite Holiday…
As most of my regular readers know, I have legally immigrated from Communist Hungary and the year was 1967… we arrived at JFK airport. I had the pleasure of being driven in a Limousine from there through Manhattan. The world’s most desired city, the destination place everyone dreamed about, at least in 1967. I looked at the Skyscrapers and was in awe. We were heading to Fairfield Connecticut. This was in August and little did I know about Thanksgiving.
My mother’s uncle lived in Connecticut and he promised the US Government, that he would give financial support, if my parents could not make it on their own. No worries the Barath Family would not be on Taxpayer’s burden. My father was way too proud to be looking for a handout, no Wick Coupons, no Food Stamps, just hard work! Even when there was little money, we made it, without whatever was additionally needed, we still managed.
My father and mother got a job right away and we moved to Bridgeport Connecticut. Next thing I know is, we were living in Bridgeport, CT and met some nice neighbors. They educated my parents about the Traditional Thanksgiving Holiday and its customs. My mother made a Turkey dinner and we had our new friends over for dinner. This Holiday became so memorable to me. I read up on the history of Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and the Indians and it really resonated with me.
Twenty some odd years later as an adult, when I went to visit Diane’s parents on our first Thanksgiving Dinner at their home, I really understood the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Never have I seen so many people, cousins, brothers and sisters all hanging around for a day and having fun eating and drinking and most importantly sharing stories and friendships and love. That is how I imagined the Thanksgiving Dinner with the Pilgrims and Indians. Keep in mind I was an only child then…
Ever since that time, year after year, I have taken on the task of making the Thanksgiving Meal for friends and relatives. The faces have changed over the years, nevertheless it is still my favorite day to cook the “Traditional Turkey Dinner” Nothing gourmet, just good traditional good food. The guests vary depending on their availability, but my food is the same! All I need to know is for how many to set the table for.
This year we had three of Diane’s friends over. They are all friends with different background and views, but the common thread is getting together eating and drinking and sharing friendships and love.
Just an FYI I never comment on anyone’s posts, photos or what ever that is related to Christmas before Thanksgiving. I am a firm believer of giving Thanksgiving it’s proper respect and due…
So, with that said hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving Holiday!! If you plan on being in our neck of the woods, please give us heads up and I am sure we can set one more plate at the table.
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