Sunday, November 21, 2010

preparation

So. I've got a huge pile of cookbooks and magazine clippings on the floor beside my chair. Tonight, I need to finish thinking through what we'll have for our Thanksgiving meal. Yes to our traditional favorites - turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberries (in the form of cranberry chutney). There will be something that includes sweet potatoes or squash, a green vegetable, a salad, maybe these biscuits, and a dessert or two. I realized Friday the kids don't have school at all in the upcoming week (don't know how I missed that until then). So, we'll all be doing the shopping, most of it tomorrow. Abbott hates to grocery shop as much as Cal loves it. I'm looking at it as an opportunity to pass on some things I want them to know. There are some things I'm societally obligated to teach, like manners. Other things I feel personally obligated to pass on, like how to choose good produce. When my boys were younger I was very fortunate to have a fair amount of household help. I was amazed to discover one (hard working, energetic, wonderful) young woman who worked for us couldn't fold a fitted sheet, couldn't cut up a melon. That experience left me on the lookout for things I consider basic life lessons - things I want to make sure my boys don't leave home without.

Whether you're traveling or home for Thanksgiving, I wish you a happy and peaceful holiday week.

xoxo Lecia

11 comments:

Sammi said...

I totally cannot fold a fitted sheet.

Barbara said...

The fun is always in the planning, I think. The entire family gets involved in a dinner everyone looks forward to (and is over much too fast).

I loved the photos of the leaves...had forgotten how the kids did that.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Lecia.

likeschocolate said...

I hear you on these life skills. When our youngest was born we had to have a nannie because we didn't know when he would need open heart surgery, so we had to have someone here to take care of the other two boys just incase we had to rush off to the hospital. We ended up having to rush to the hospital. However, the girl we had could cook a meal. I was shocked she was 19.

Kwana said...

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

{The Little List} said...

This is my first visit here. I stumbled in from Flickr. What a treat for the eyes. Your photographs are so beautiful. So nice meeting you. I'll be back!

pve design said...

I know your sons will be full of thanks for all the good basics you are teaching them. I think that you always impart such wonderful simple tips. I am thankful for all you share.
Happy Thanksgiving.
pve

Val said...

Things that you would like to pass to your kids are called 'practical intelligence'. That's something that your learn from your family, your upbringing and it's not tough in school.
I think you are doing a wonderful job and I truly enjoy your blog which I just found it a week ago.
Happy Thanksgiving :)
Valentina

KPiep said...

I remember being a bit shocked in college at the number of boys I knew who really couldn't take care of themselves! Good for you in wanting to prepare your boys. There's nothing better than the freedom of being able to take care of yourself.

Ruth said...

What lucky boys you have, Lecia.

And can I ask--what type of camera and lens is that?

Francesca said...

My husband cannot do anything domestic, he was never taught. I'm making sure that my boys (and girl) learn all the basics, and some more.

Christina said...

happy thanksgiving, to you and your family.