It's funny how "traditions" are created. I don't believe I ever once in my entire life said, "Let's start a new tradition. From now on.....blahblahblah". We just do what we do and well sometimes, it seems to take hold.
For example, this year, our second Thanksgiving in Florida, was a much smaller group. But my sister and her beau joined us as they did last year. And we ate turkey and ham, lumpy mashed potatoes (that's how you know they are home made y'see), stuffing and gravy, buttermilk biscuits and two kinds of pie just like the previous year. The rain stopped long enough for us to take a walk to beach between dinner and pie, just like last year. I took photos of us on the beach, just like I did before. We talked a lot and laughed even more, just like we always do. And then the biggest win, my sister asked at one point, where the jigsaw puzzle was. I blinked for a second and then remembered that last year, I intentionally had set up a huge jigsaw puzzle that I bought especially for the occasion on the table in the family room. She remembered and she missed it. I quickly found a cheapo dollar store puzzle that I hadn't yet opened and handed that to her to start working on. Apparently, that is now an important part of our Thanksgiving tradition.
I love that. It was not at all intentional on my part but I am so happy that it happened. I will remember for next year to buy a new better puzzle and have it already set out on the family room table for everyone to work on.
As the year moves forward and we have our second Christmas, New Years, Valentines' Day etc here, we will see how many other traditions we have, without realizing it, created.
How was your Thanksgiving?
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.