Gramma's Pen

Friday, November 23, 2007

Over the river...

and through the woods, to grandmother's house...we did not go. This year we got together at #5 daughter's house. We had the usual (expected) faux pas...forgot that we needed stuffing, went to the neighborhood store to get some. Sat down and relished a wonderful turkey dinner. We all partook of turkey, gravy, sweet potato/apple casserole, cream cheesed mashed potatoes, roasted garlic, peas, scrumptious green salad, fresh whole wheat rolls, Martinelli's sparkling cider, and spinach gratin. We had seconds, some of us had thirds. As we pushed back from the table, while leftovers were being put away, we discovered (second faux pas) the untouched cranberry relish that #4 daughter had lovingly made with cranberries, walnuts and orange marmalade. There in the fridge was the green jello too! We all were sad, but recognized we could use it for sandwiches and the rest for meeting on Saturday.

BUT the worst Thanksgiving ever, back in 1949, was the unforgivable trick my teen aged brother pulled off. When grandma asked for help in carrying the twenty-three pound turkey to the table (we carved the bird at the table then), he carried in his brand new niece on the platter. I was in tears and grandma was incensed. Then came the stifling comment: "She's not big enough anyway!" In fact our golden brown roasted turkey was five times her size.

The next year that little girl was in the kitchen "helping" grandma with everything. In her grown up apron hitched up with a knot around her neck, she was her grandma's pride and joy. She was given the privilege of grabbing a handful of stuffing and putting it in that yawning bird cavity facing her. She continued with another, and another, and another handful. When grandma suggested she'd done enough, she agreed and gently patted the bird on his tummy, jumped down from her perch on the chair and went about playing with her baby doll.

Ever since that time (1950), the youngest grandchild has carried on the tradition.


  • I had no idea. What a great stroy.

    Thank you Gramma! I wish I saw this earlier, I would have linked you. I'll go do that now. :)

    By Blogger SAJ, at 7:01 PM  

  • ooops. "stroy" is story doncha know?

    By Blogger SAJ, at 7:01 PM  

  • Don't forget the forgotten about whip-ing whipped cream that turned into butter. I refused to be thwarted from having whipped cream on my pumpkin pie! Lumpy or not, I'll not have naked pie.

    By Blogger Kedge, at 4:22 PM  

  • I've seen a pic of suebee and the turkey stuffing job but never heard about her on the platter! I think it's a great story. I would have laughed. You gotta laugh at something.

    By Blogger knitterykate, at 12:01 PM  

  • I always wondered where that tradition came from.

    By Blogger Gliterwolf, at 10:31 PM  

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