Thanksgiving is such a mother-centric holiday for me. Whether your mom made lumpy mashed potatoes or had an amazing pecan pie, food memories can have an enormous emotional pull for us.
Each Thanksgiving, I remember my mom waking up extra early to get the turkey in the oven. It was a huge, brined turkey (we were a family of 8!) cooking in this enormous stainless steel mixing bowl (she never got a roasting pan). I think of her own unique stuffing with a Vietnamese flair. And mostly, I just remember her. She was a wonderful cook, frugal enough to feed us all well and wise enough to include plenty of vegetables, fruit and protein in our regular diet.
My mom passed away before she could meet my husband or my children. And while I wish she could have seen me become a wife, a mother, a business owner, she lives on through the memories I have of her. She gave tirelessly to our family in her time and affections, even when she was tired from her job (or two!). We still knew we were cared for and loved. Now that I'm a mom, I have my own agenda of the memories I want my girls to have.
Emily is nearly five, but she participates in Thanksgiving! Getting kids involved at a young age really helps open up their relationship with food. Emily loves pomegranates because she loves peeling them and she thinks they look like princess gems. And they do! This year, she helped me with the lattice top of the apple pie and she is a great "mixer" of herbs and butter for the turkey. It's greasy and messy and while she squeals how "gooey" it is, she's happy enough in the kitchen with me with her own apron and that's exactly what I want for her to remember...cooking with us in the kitchen. Even Claire observing the action from her swing! And that's I want my girls to have...happy (and messy and imperfect) memories in the kitchen with our girls.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours,
Madeline & Geoffrey
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