Wonderful choice of colors for this week's Color Challenge, Connie!

The story is this...

Peter and I are hosting the Thanksgiving festivities this year, and although it's still a few days off I was going through a checklist, making sure I know where everything is so as to avoid any surprises come Thanksgiving morning, 'cause with our family there is always a surprise of some kind on Thanksgiving Day. (The Year of the Broken Garbage Disposal, The Year of the Broken Water Heater, and my personal favorite: The Year of the Uncalibrated Oven Temp. Bologna sandwiches for Thanksgiving, anyone? Smile ) When I saw my gravy bowl I remembered that it had been involved in a Thanksgiving Day "surprise," but one that had a happy ending!

Journaling reads:
"I suppose many families have mishaps that occur on Thanksgiving Day. With our family, though, something seems to go wrong nearly every year! Sometimes it's quite serious, sometimes it's merely annoying. This incident hardly moves the needle on the dial, but it happened at the first Thanksgiving Peter and I hosted for our families, so it's worth a mention.

It was the fall of 1997. Peter and I had just moved into our new home and to celebrate we decided to host the family Thanksgiving dinner. This would be the first time I cooked a turkey, and everyone was coming, even my mother-in-law. Needless to say I was a bit stressed and I wanted it all to be perfect, including the tableware and the serving pieces, so I could not have been more thrilled when one day about a month before Thanksgiving I found a gravy boat to match my Thanksgiving serving pieces. This was such an extraordinary find because my particular brand of Thanksgiving servingware is no longer made. I was so thrilled that I was oblivious to J's reaction--she was crushed at my news. L later told me J found the same gravy boat months ago, and had planned on giving it to me on Thanksgiving Day, just before dinner. It was supposed to be a surprise!

Akk!!! If the goal was to surprise me, she succeeded! I quickly returned the gravy boat I'd bought and then sent J this email:

From: Big Sis
To: Lil Sis
Date: Oct. 24, 1997. 5:04 a.m.
Subject: HELP!!!

In a fit of concern over spiraling household costs, Peter today returned everything he deemed unnecessary and that he could fine receipts for, including MY GRAVY BOWL!!! ARGH!!! Now Thanksgiving is on its way, my mother-in-law will be here, and me with NO GRAVY BOWL!!! My only hope is that someone had the foresight to buy me one when she saw it this past summer, knowing that it would be a perfect Christmas gift for me, and that she would consider bringing it with her on Thanksgiving Day and giving it to me as an early Christmas present, thereby saving my Thanksgiving dinner.

Do you know such a person? Can you help?

Thanksgiving Day came, and second only to the turkey in popularity was my new gravy boat, a gift from my thoughtful little sister."

Lynn Grieveson
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Fonts: Tw Cen MT (title); Ariel (journaling)

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