Saturday, December 1, 2007

Belated Thanksgiving Thoughts

After loading my cart with 10 cartons of cool whip, oodles of fruit cocktail, and the last 10 boxes of pistachio pudding in the store (I needed these items to make the biggest batch of Thanksgiving "Shluff" you have ever seen), I heard the cashier asking the man bagging the groceries what he was doing for Thanksgiving. He replied that he wasn't doing anything because he had no family. He said, " I think I have a half brother somewhere, but I don't know him". This just struck me and I was so sad for him. I almost went back in the store to see if he wanted to come to our Thanksgiving. Too bad the world is so messed up that you can't really safely do something like that. This little experience made me count my blessings! Our thanksgiving included around eighty people this year! It was a huge Smith reunion and we ate Thanksgiving dinner outside in my parents back yard. My dad had to rent an outhouse so their septic tank wouldn't be over loaded. A bit "white trash", I know, but I am grateful to have such a huge family! My Grandma Smith has 44 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren (half of my cousins haven't even started having kids yet). My dad even set up a big screen in the back yard to watch the talent DVDs each family made. Amy made ours, of course, and it was the best! We played lots of "Settlers" and ate lots of food!

6 comments:

Shums said...

get ready for many more games of settlers (much to sam's dismay) when we come down in 2 WEEKS!!!! Can't wait. You're welcome by-the-way we changed our plans so you'd be able to enjoy our company this holiday season.

Em said...

I do appreciate it, dear sista!

star valley farmers? said...

I wish that we could have come to your thanksgiving. i figured that no one would have known we weren't real smiths. sounds like you had fun. we had a nice one too. I wish you could all come for Taylor's homecoming...it would be so fun.. hopefully we will see you sometime soon..love you!!

Ron Michael Family said...

Sounds like fun. You are so lucky to have a big family. What is "Settlers?"

Bethany'sBazodi said...

while i love your thoughts on chits and hexes...post pictures!!! I'm a visual learner...mom told me that is why i am so creative!

Lari said...

You should have invited the poor fellow anyway. There were enough of us that we could have taken him down if there was a problem. I was delighted with your account of Halloween! F U N N Y