Thursday, November 26, 2015

Six Sentence Story: Aged

"Honey, could you help me lift the turkey out of the oven?"

Many years ago, she never would have made that request, but at recent family gatherings, it had become the norm, and he had to help her get other things, too.

Finally, this year, after we had been suggesting it for a long time, she agreed that enough was enough; they had both aged beyond where any kind of cooking for a large gathering was fun in any sense of the word.

She placed a huge order with a local market for turkey and two kinds of stuffing and mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes and gravy and more, and all she did herself was the family version of mac and cheese and a creamed corn that everyone loves, those two she could handle.

We are at the same house with Grandma and Grandpa and all the siblings and cousins, and although much of the meal is from a store, it doesn't matter.

The love is the same, and none of us will ever grow too old for that.

Linking up with Uncharted Blog and Six Sentence Stories, where the cue is Aged.

Today is:

Constitution Day of the Republic of Abkhazia -- Abkhazia

Daytona Turkey Run -- Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL, US (collector car show, swap meet, and craft sale; through Sunday)

Day of the Covenant -- Baha'i

Day of the Tan-Wallopers -- Fairy Calendar

Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia -- Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA, US (exploring the 17th- and 18th-century culinary practices of Virginia; through Saturday)

Good Grief Day -- birth anniversary of Charles Schultz

Independence Day -- Mongolia(1924)

National Cake Day

National Family History Day -- US (a call from the Department of Health and Human Services to get info about your family, especially health history, while everyone is together for the holidays)

Sojourner Truth Day -- died this day in 1883

St. John Berchmans' Day (Patron of alter servers, Oblate novices, young people)

Thanksgiving Day -- Interfaith, US and Territories
     National Day of Mourning -- Native Americans 

Turkey-Free Thanksgiving -- sponsored by the Vegetarian Awareness Network

Anniversaries Today:

Founding of Sigma Alpha Mu in the City College of New York, by 8 Jewish young men, 1909
The first official Thanksgiving in the US, by presidential proclamation, 1789
Founding of the University of Notre Dame, 1842
Founding of Kappa Alpha Society, the oldest surviving US college fraternity, 1825

Birthdays Today:

Natasha Bedingfield, 1981
Shannon Dunn, 1972
Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, 1966
Dale Jarrett, 1956
Tina Turner, 1939
Rich Little, 1938
Robert Goulet, 1933
Charles Schultz, 1922
Eugene Ionesco, 1912
Eric Sevareid, 1912
Lefty Gomez, 1908
Mary Edwards Walker, 1832
Sarah Moore Grimke, 1792
John Harvard, 1607
Emperor Go-Daigo of Japan, 1288

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Anarchy in the UK"(Sex Pistols single release), 1977
"The Price is Right"(TV), 1956
"Twenty Questions"(TV), 1949
Casablanca(Film), 1942
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland(Publication date), 1865

Today in History:

The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus ("Octavian", later "Caesar Augustus"), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony is formed, BC43
Vlad III Dracula (Vlad the Impaler)defeats Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Bathory and becomes the ruler of Wallachia for the third time, 1476
The first lion exhibited in the US makes his debut in Boston, 1716
Captain James Cook becomes the first European to visit Maui, 1778
The Catholic Apostolic Prefecture of the United States established, 1784
The first national US Thanksgiving is celebrated, 1789
The first streetcar railway in the US begins operation in NYC, fare 12 cents, 1832
The refrigerated railway car is patented by J.B. Sutherland of Detroit, Michigan, 1867
The first photograph of a meteor is taken, 1885
The National Hockey League is formed, with the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, and Toronto Arenas as its first teams, 1917
King Tut's tomb is opened by English archaeologist Howard Carter, 1922
Four young lads from Liverpool have their first recording session under the interesting name "The Beatles", 1962
Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament, 1998
Concorde makes its final flight, over Bristol, England, 2003
A male Po'ouli (Black-faced honeycreeper) dies of Avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct, 2004
NASA launches the Mars Science Laboratory, its largest rover ever, 2011


  1. That is a nice story and appropriate for the time of year too!

  2. Sweet. Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours.

  3. Awww, how wonderful. It's not the meal, but the gathering of those you love and those that you are thankful are in your lives. This rocks.

    Have a fabulous day and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. ♥♥♥

  4. If it were possible to gather my family around the table for a holiday meal, it would not matter if it were turkey or tuna sandwiches, the love and joy would be the same. This was a precious story about aging and also learning to let go of some things in the process. Beautifully done, Mimi!

  5. This happened with my wife too who for many years catered for the whole family on a regular basis (at Christmas beacuse Thanksgiving is not a holiday in Oz). Eventually each of the 3 children took over the task successively. However recently Christmas here being Summer is spent on a cruise or at another holiday destination!

  6. This is true in homes and families everywhere at some point - time marches on and we have to move along with it. It's sad to let go of old traditions, but the new ones work well, too!

  7. Great solution... We went potluck when this happened to Christmas Eve... New tradition...

  8. Great solution... We went potluck when this happened to Christmas Eve... New tradition...

  9. Lovely sentiment. I hope you had a terrific holiday. Take care.

  10. Time marches on and we must march with it or get left behind. Your's is a wonderful solution.

  11. It's not about the's about being Thankful for all the things in your life, so it doesn't really matter what the menu is, just being with family and friends you love makes any meal taste good.

  12. It's not about the's about being Thankful for all the things in your life, so it doesn't really matter what the menu is, just being with family and friends you love makes any meal taste good.