Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving weekend

Even though Ed and I don't celebrate Thanksgiving with a big dinner, I still found myself recalling Thanksgivings-past with a bit of nostalgia. It was a VERY BIG DEAL in the Lay household. Our dining room table was set with the good china, silver and crystal goblets. The table would groan with a roast turkey and Pepperidge Farm stuffing, rice and gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, cheese onions, homemade rolls, and ambrosia for dessert. After we three girls married, our poor husbands had to wait patiently while everyone was served and Daddy gave his extra-long Thanksgiving grace before eating. The food was always a bit cool by then but we loved it anyway.

As a vegetarian for more years than I can remember and an avoider of rich fatty foods for the past eight months, I know that I would now have a very hard time sitting down to Mom's Thanksgiving dinner, but those were different times. Besides what's important are the memories not the calories.

One thing that remains the same is that Thanksgiving weekend ushers in the holiday season. Ed and I started talking about our holiday cards and last night I took this as a possible image for the card. Ed likes it and so do I. We both appreciate that it seems to welcome the viewer into our home, and for anyone who's ever been here they'll recognize the familiar sight of Ed at the piano. It would have been a perfect shoot if Eddie had been playing Mel Torme's The Christmas Song but that quirky guy chose Easter Parade instead. He is definitely his own person! (You can click on the photo to see it larger.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sending holiday cards is one of the things I like best about the season.

They remind me of that old Louis Armstrong lyric: "I see friends shaking hands saying, 'How do you do?' / They're really saying, 'I love you.'"


November 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM  
Anonymous romero said...

Hello Patricia. first I wanted to thank you for your comment on the lens blog. it's semi-sad for me to have completed the project, and I suppose i could have gone on and on, but the old adage, leave wanting more. so your name looked familiar to me and i went over past comments during the series thinking that I had heard from you art some other point. still a mystery where I might have heard or seen your name. so google comes to the rescue, even though i'm not on the computer much. and I have to say that i am so impressed with your work and your amazing strength of eye, mind and soul. there is a gamut of emotions throughout and I just wanted to say that I'm moved and so very glad you took the time to write. continued success and thanks again. Robert Henri in the Art Spirit tells us that we're all related through our art. lee romero

December 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM  

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