This was the first time in her life that Gunny and Dilly’s oldest daughter, Samantha, lived far away (16 hours away), and wasn’t able to be with the family to enjoy her mom’s favorite meal to cook and her dad’s favorite meal to eat — Thanksgiving dinner. So, on Thursday Samantha cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, for her and her husband, Josh. (Little James isn’t quite old enough to be a meat n’ potatoes guy yet.)
I hear that she and Dilly were on the phone off and on all day, and Samantha ended up kind of cooking her meal “in tandem” with Dilly cooking her meal. Whatever Dilly did, Samantha did. I think that was a great idea!
Dilly always takes this meal on with a passion. Her Thanksgiving table “groans” with good food, all lovingly made by her, although I hear 15 year old Nikki was a big help this year. But, anyway, Dilly has set the bar high for what Thanksgiving dinner should be like, and possibly given at least one member of her family somewhat unrealistic expectations for what constitutes a good Thanksgiving meal.
A conversation Gunny and Jay, their almost 14 year old son, had earlier this week:
Gunny: “It sounds like Samantha is going to fix a great Thanksgiving dinner for her and Josh.”
Jay: “Yeah, but did you hear, she’s going to use frozen pumpkin pie?!”
(I envision a moment of silence here, while that comment hangs in the air.)
Gunny: “Hmm. Let me just give you a little piece of advice, son. Someday when you are a young married and if you are lucky enough that your wife is cooking Thanksgiving dinner for you for the first time, if she says she is going to use a frozen pumpkin pie? You should just say, ‘Thank you.’”