Inbetween moments and giving thanks

November 23, 2011

Everyone is gushing about gratitude the day before Thanksgiving. I agree. There is much to appreciate in our lives no matter what circumstances find us.

Like many others, I made a few brief calls and posted on a few Facebook pages about thanks and family and friendship but my day was essentially spent in the kitchen preparing pies and parker rolls for tomorrow’s feast.

I had the good fortune of passing the day with a lifelong friend.  We didn’t wax poetic about all of the blessings bestowed upon us this lifetime.  We did not consider how luck has always been shining down on us or how health and happiness have remained at our doorstep.

We simply celebrated.

There was sifted flour, cold cubed butter and champagne.

The kitchen was warm from the hard working stove and the scent of vanilla and cinnamon complemented the conversation.

There is very little in life which can bring as much pleasure as time lingered with a close friend.

I imagine once the theater of Thanksgiving dinner is complete and our holiday guard is down, we will sit together and share the sweets of our labor.

I am invested in experiencing the apple pie crumble made with the hands of friendship.

I look forward to enjoying the day with the rest of our families but old friend and I have captured the true meaning of the holiday and I am tucking it away for safe keeping.

My wish for everyone is that you will find a hidden moment where gratitude is happening in real time and happiness is not an after thought.

All the better if there is homemade pie.







{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane November 25, 2011 at 3:36 PM

One should always bake with champagne.


Melissa November 25, 2011 at 11:36 PM

You mean while drinking it, right? Although a champagne sugar cookie might be interesting.


Lana November 25, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Melissa, I just had a chance to spend a stolen moment or two with my good friends in Serbia, whenever my mom was peacefully resting… And I know the feeling of complete content and the lack of need to comment or give thanks. Wine does help, for sure!
Have a great holiday! I am looking forward to seeing you soon (we are moving to LA, Yay!)


Melissa November 25, 2011 at 11:35 PM

I look forward to toasting your arrival!


Geez Louise! November 26, 2011 at 4:41 PM

there is something special about spending time with friends. girlfriends are a treasure! you guys look like you had a blast…


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