Oh the good times I had at the kids’ table on holidays. Us cousins would sit around a tiny table that our Gpa Morris constructed for Mama CBXB’s pre-school kids (she ran Kiddie Kollege from our basement) and we would have our construction papered pilgrim hats proudly atop our noggins.
Topics often covered during the meal at our no-one-yet-in-the-double-digits table included knuckle sandwiches (usually whether or not I wanted one to which my response was, “No thank you I’ve already had one”), Sister CBXB announcing for the umpteenth year in a row she was thankful for her “Gaggy” (in non-toddler speak, that means dad although she couldn’t enunciate the “d” sound which made her declaration all the more nauseating for those of us who understood) and who was going to get a Jell-O knox block (this was obviously long before we started adding vodka to this delicatessen) for dessert first.
A few decades later, here’s what the same cousins look like at a “table”.
Now that we all live in different cities, states and the majority have procreated, the tables at turkey time look different but that doesn’t mean they still aren’t full of some fucking fun.
Maybe your table leans on the traditional side with overflowing dishes prepped by master family chefs (that would not be me, mind you).
Maybe your table is a mixed bag of friends who all have human offspring but yours truly.
Maybe your table is surrounded by folks who don’t have spawn.
Maybe your table is for two with your great aunt who has more energy at 90 years young than you’ve ever had in your life.
Maybe your table is surrounded by folks who show the fuck up when it matters most.
Maybe your table is reserved for remembering those who don’t physically sit with us any longer.
Maybe your table is full of extended family from far away, new friends and not one of you knows how to carve a fucking turkey.
Maybe your table is reserved for jazz handing, crown wearing queens.
Maybe your table is filled to the rim with vino and friends.
Maybe your once full table is empty as you relish a second helping of pumpkin pie.
So Aunt Juju virtually joins you because we’re 500 miles apart.
Maybe your table is a toilet because you just need a holiday alone.
Now new occupants reign the kids’ table, complete with their own artwork.
The pilgrim hats of yesteryear have sure come a long fucking way.
Thanksgiving is a holiday for appreciation and I’m thankful for my fellow pilgrims who’ve weathered every type of table with me.
Cheers to enjoying your seat at the table, wherever and whatever it may be.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!