November Thankfulness—Part III

Thanksgiving growing up was fun. Turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, pumpkin pie, and possibly a salad. Simple, yet tasty. Creating memories with family on Thanksgiving is a good way to remember the holiday after it has passed. #NovemberThankfulness #attitudeofgratitude #Thanksgiving @donnalhsmith @a3writers TWEETABLE

We always had a big dinner, either we hosted it at our house, or we went my grandparents (dad’s folks). I always loved getting together with family for a big dinner, because my mom cooked fairly simply. We didn’t always have a typical three-course dinner. We might have two, or smaller versions of the traditional for “every day.”

One particular holiday, Mom was feeling the pressure. A bunch of her relatives were coming for Thanksgiving dinner. I think I was in junior high. I knew enough to help out a little, but not to actually take over and cook or supervise any part of the meal.

We had a huge, full basement under our rancher, so we had a couple of extra appliances downstairs, almost like a second kitchen. The stove/oven was really old (even for that time), but we used it for meals like this—when a second oven set at a different temperature was needed.

Mom sent me to check on the baked potatoes, which she said were in the downstairs oven. I checked, but the oven wasn’t even on, let alone the potatoes being in it.

What had happened? I was sent down again to re-check and investigate. Alas, my precious mother had put the potatoes in the refrigerator. They weren’t going to be done in time to begin the meal.

I turned on the oven and stuck them in myself. Mom was upstairs with the turkey, the salad, the vegetables, etc.

She was quite upset to learn of her absent-mindedness. I’m guessing she got in a hurry.

Mom was wonderfully efficient and methodical—and very s-l-o-w about her work. Most of the time that served her well, except when she was under pressure. She’d try to hurry, and details she would normally never miss—were overlooked.

What about you? Have you ever had Thanksgiving mixups, foulups, and mess-up? What did you do to compensate? We’ll never be perfect, but we are loved by a perfectly loving God—who Himself overlooks our mistakes when we trust in His Son. #NovemberThankfulness #attitudeofgratitude #Thanksgiving #convergence @donnalhsmith @a3writers TWEETABLE

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