I’m not sure how the past week went by so quickly. Perhaps I slipped into some sort of turkey-induced coma and I’m just now waking up. I have vague recollections of:
- putting nearly 1500 miles on the odometer of my car
- mingling with multitudes of people who, in spite of my doubts, I have come to understand are my relatives
- consuming more calories per day than a rugby team
- going to bed at 8 PM simply because there was nothing else to do
- drinking coffee so strong that I swear I developed a mild case of X-Ray vision after drinking a cup of it.
Still, even with all that, it is hard to believe that time could pass so quickly in rural Alabama. Normally time there runs about as slow as molasses in January. And yet, here I am, back in Dallas and back in the same rut I was in before I left.
As I predicted in my previous post, I did indeed get to enjoy some cornbread dressing and giblet gravy. In fact, I had it two days in a row. That may have clogged my one remaining artery, so if I start babbling incoherently (more than usual, anyway), just let me know. In fact, all the food was absolutely wonderful.
Well, okay; I lied. When people bring covered dishes, there are invariably those dishes that fail to meet expectations. For instance, when I was going through the line I saw a pan of green beans that had delicious-looking slices of bacon on top of them. I was excited. I love green beans and I love bacon, so obviously this was a dish that I would enjoy immensely. What can go wrong with green beans cooked with bacon? Plenty, apparently. The beans were sweet. SWEET! Who puts sugar in green beans? I was incensed. I ate them, of course, because in my family, wasting food is the eighth deadly sin. In fact, based on some punishments I received as a child, I think it may be number one on the list (with a bullet). I came to believe that my relatives would rather me regularly practice the other 7 deadly sins rather than scrape my uneaten oatmeal into the trash. To this day I cry out in horror when a french fry slips from my fingers and drops between the seat and the console in my car, never to be seen again. “Oh!” I cry to the heavens while rending my clothing, “If only I were envious or lustful at this moment rather than the wastrel that I obviously am!”
Moving on ….
However, there were things that made up for the sweet green beans. For instance, someone brought a sweet potato casserole with a sweet glaze containing fresh-hulled pecans. Sweet potato casserole is always a fan favorite, but this one was so heavenly that I thought a riot might break out when it was announced it had all been consumed. Later it was discovered that someone had licked the dish so clean that the blue cornflower pattern on the CorningWare™ had disappeared. The culprit was never caught. (Helpful Hint: Ginger ale can remove ink stains from the tongue.)
I had my annual slice of pecan pie. I love the taste of pecan pie, but each slice contains enough calories to feed a small country, so I limit myself to one per year. I do love pecans, though. I nearly succumbed to my addiction and bought a bag of in-shell pecans at a country store, but the $38.50 price tag caused me to stagger and fall into a stack of bags of Jim Dandy grits. I consoled myself with a two dollar bag of grits. And an RC Cola. And a Moon Pie.
Well, that is about all of the stream-of-consciousness recollections I can conjure up of the past week. If I think of more stuff I’ll write some addenda. But for now I’m going to go do a couple of sit-ups and try to start unclogging my arteries for next year.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!