I set the alarm to put all 31 pounds of turkey into the oven at the set start time this morning. Now my house, at 6:19 a.m., smells like parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme…and coffee. About to throw some gorgeous looking Pumpkin Brioche Buns into the other oven so that my good-old-days house-full will be able to wake up to them hot & fresh for breakfast. Three out of 5 cats have stepped out into the new snow with tentative paws, skirting the side of the house as they make their way through the chenille stems of old garden rose bushes and last season’s daylily stalks to find a cold a.m. adventure. Two dogs are lying at my feet while their kibble digests, hugging the floor before we head out to the barn.
I’m eager to feast my eyes upon today’s New England postcard-picture that waits upon the sunrise. I’m eager to turn out the sheep and goats that I’d stalled yesterday in the face of rain, sleet & snow to help them conserve energy by staying dry in the colder temps this morning. I’m eager to hear the banter and the laughter, the barking at arrivals, the kitchen raucous and the overall music of having my loved ones near.
There’ll be a bounty on our table today, much of which has been harvested that I’d prepped in days prior. Some of which is on it’s way with our incoming family. I could write a post that simply covers the menu, and although delectable, it’d possibly be tedious. I love reading and seeing the goodness from the kitchens that keep popping up in all of my internet subscriptions, magazine pages in the grocery newsstands and in the cookbooks strewn about in my house.
Today is a day that we set aside to share meals together all over our country. For me, this year, there is joy in coming together to be at the table not only for the celebration of dishes, but especially in celebrating all good gifts. I’m over-the-moon, welled-up inside over having my family all together, but also especially mindful of all of those that are experiencing this gathering day in a myriad of ways. I love how every stage of life is full of new lessons, new insight and I never cease to wonder at what I don’t know and what is yet to be encountered. Thanksgiving gratitudes provide an excellent pause to reflect, together or alone, on what is good.
Today I reflect on Grace.