Someone sent me this infographic:
Wow, that’s a lot of cranberry sauce. The bottom of the graphic encourages people to choose low-sugar and low-fat foods as part of their holiday fare. We’re spending Thanksgiving with my work buddy Jim Taylor’s family (who hosted The Greatest Thanksgiving Ever last year, according to Alana), so I’ll eat whatever cranberry sauce they’re serving. I don’t go low-carb on once-per-year holidays.
The infographic reminded me of Chareva’s first attempt to make her own cranberry sauce. Sara was two years old, Alana was a baby. We invited some friends over for Thanksgiving dinner because their son and Sara enjoyed playing together in Mommy & Me classes.
Boy, did they ever enjoy playing together on Thanksgiving.
We had a small dining room table back in those days, so the kids ate first. A half-hour later, just the adult were sitting down to dinner, we noticed Sara and her playmate seemed unusually giggly. Sara has been a happy child since birth – in my mental images of her, she’s always smiling or laughing – but now she and the boy were chasing each other around, banging into furniture without caring, giggling all the while. Then they started hugging each other. We parents were amused. Awww, isn’t that cute?
I was slightly less amused after swallowing a few bites of Chareva’s cranberry sauce.
“Honey, does this cranberry sauce have vodka in it?”
“Yes, but the alcohol is supposed to cook away.”
“Uh-huh. Well, that may be, but I’m pretty sure I’m copping a bit of buzz from it.”
She took a few bites of the cranberry sauce.
“Oh, my god!”
“Yup. I think you got the kids a little drunk. We’d better keep an eye on them before they decide to drive to Las Vegas and get married.”
Sara fell asleep quite early that night.
To our non-American readers, Happy Thursday. To our American readers, Happy Thanksgiving. Remember to take a moment today to be grateful for something. (We moved to the farm almost exactly a year ago, so that alone gives me a reason to be thankful.) Enjoy the food, the family and friends, and the football games.
But whatever you do, try to keep the kids sober.