Not doing Thanksgiving this year. Just not ready for a big holiday without my Mom. Not depressed. Not down. Just... not ready.
My Jake and Blake will be at their fathers and our Ryno is going to his Moms... so it'll be me and the Bear. I've asked my groom to take me hunting tomorrow morning. I had to twist his arm... hard. lol
But... Thanksgivings as a child? They rocked!!
Back to Thanksgiving though... we had big meals! We kids always laughed that them women... they wouldn't cook for us kids on a daily basis, but let us all gather and the cooking skills came out the closet. LOL Ohhhh and I recall us kids playing outside so the adults could talk. I always hated being sent from the room because they wanted to talk about something I couldn't hear. Soooooo wanted to be a grown up. Now I are and I'd trade back...lol Two of the aunts would eventually have a disagreement and get into an argument. THAT was when the real fun began. One year it was over the football game. LOL Most of them were die hard Cowboys fans. No one messed with my Mom though. See... Audrey was the baby. And not one of the sisters would allow anyone to be ugly to the baby. So she got a "pass" on the drama. But always tried to make it stop. By this time though one of the aunts had gathered their 4-5 kids and just left. LOVED watching the action... HATED watching the cousins leave because of it.
Family called me Jo Ellen or Jo Baby. Mom named me after Aunt Jo and she said from the beginning it would NOT be "big Jo" and "little Jo"...lol and called me Jo Baby instead. I don't recall us kids ever getting in the spats on these occasions. Of course... maybe I was just never involved because I was Audrey's baby.
The aunts and Mom played scrabble... a lot. In their stretch pants I might add....HA! They were all so smart.... but eventually there would be an arguement over a word...lol of course. Was glad when they finally came out with that little scrabble word book. My Mom and I played scrabble a lot when it was just us. Oooohhh and I remember when Aunt Jo bought the deluxe scrabble game. Pimping! I still have my Uncle Bubba's scrabble set. This looks like an old tattered game with mixed tiles (you know... some are blonde and some the maroon wood)... but to me... it's childhood memories.
Of Mom's generation, everyone but Aunt Rosalie have passed away now. I treasure the trip I made to Tennessee in October to see her. It was important to do that. Love and miss her. And some of the cousins have passed too. It hits me sometimes that we ARE that generation now. And we're spread out ... we aren't all in the same area like they were. No big family gatherings here anymore. They do see their own siblings though and their kids get together. Guess that's the downfall of being raised an only child... And the siblings I have found, live from Austin Tx to Murray KY.
So no turkey this year. I'm trying to talk myself into the Christmas tree still... lol
You may not understand this, but I would give anything to see a WILLIS sister brawl about now...