|My Mom, Catherine, the wife of my youngest brother James, my Aunt Helen (my father's sister.|
Our family Thanksgiving dinners are always held someplace that will accommodate a lot of people; church basements, firehouses, clubhouses, etc. Our gatherings are very casual affairs so everyone from the oldest to the youngest feels welcome. This year about 75 of us gathered at the Marriot hotel near the airport.
The Gibson clan long ago outgrew being held in a family members home. I was the last to do so about 20 years ago. Back then I had to borrow folding chairs from a local funeral home in order to have enough seats for everyone. Even with 75 present at this gathering there were half again, at the least, that many who could not come because of travel distance, in law commitments or jobs.Our Thanksgiving dinners are always pot luck affairs with lots of food. Some items you would think of as Thanksgiving faire and other items that aren't. So picking and choosing your favorites rules the day. The fact that I can't eat wheat, removed from my list cornbread dressing, rolls, my daughter Rene's mac and cheese everyone raves about and my sister's lasagna that one stands the risk of missing out on if you are at the back of the line. Then there were the pies, and too many cakes, to count let alone name. But believe me there was a whole lot of other stuff for me to eat.
|Granddaughter Olivia, my sister Vivian, her daughter Shevika and my daughter Rene' before the eating began|
After dinner a friend came to the hotel where Rene' and I stayed and sat chatting with me in the lobby til after midnight.
I was glad I went and oh so happy when I got home after a rather bumpy ride on a plane with crying kids. The crying kids on planes heading to Orlando to see the Mouse or out of after seeing the Mouse is something that comes with the territory.
Because my blog is for the most part about what I create with cloth, here is a look at the last piece I finished. It's been trimmed, but still needs a facing and sleeves. When that is done, it will measure 20" by 23"