posted by Matt W on November 27th, 2013

I like good food as much as the next guy. Well, actually probably more than the next guy, especially if pie is involved, but I’m starting to wonder if the effort required to make a “proper” Thanksgiving meal is actually worth it.

We are having all sorts of people over for Thanksgiving this year. My wife has already made a Costco, Kroger’s, Target, and Trader’s Joe’s run for this year’s meal. And I can assure you she didn’t skimp at any store. Well, I call her to tell her that I am being let off work at noon on Wednesday, and her remark is, “Oh good, I didn’t know how I was going to manage picking up all the food we still need to get.”

Wow. How can that statement possibly be true?

“How could we possibly need more food for Thursday’s meal? We literally have a second refrigerator full and the counters are completely covered with food because our pantry is full,” was my feeble, knowing I really didn’t have a say in the matter, reply.

“Well there are still all sorts of things we need to buy and make… pie… pie… pie…” All I really heard her say after a while was pie.

“When are we going to have time to actually do anything other than make food? I want to play cards, watch some football, nap, and hopefully play some ice golf.” I really enjoy golf in the cold.

Her reply was perfect and I’m going to hold her to it. “OK, help me this year with the meal and next year we will order pizza and just hang out.” I have a really good wife.

“Cool! Make me a list of what to pick up tomorrow because I really wasn’t paying attention to what you were saying earlier. Pizza and pie and games next year for Thanksgiving; that will be perfect.” was my excited reply.

“I don’t remember mentioning pie…“ Click. Oops, I accidentally hung up on her.

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. It is a time to reflect on what has happened in your life over the past year. And as we all have pretty good lives here in the United States, we have a lot to be thankful for. It is also important to spend some time with those in your life you are thankful for, doing things that you enjoy. For some, it might be cooking and cleaning up after a huge meal, and others it might be ice golf. Whatever it is, share the experience with others.

So this year, it is a huge turkey and multiple pies, and next year it is a giant sausage and mushroom pizza and multiple pies; either way I win. The only difference is I will have more time to cheat win at cards next year.

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