Thanksgiving brought about unexpected changes to our “traditional” gathering. I use that term loosely because my family has never celebrated holidays in a specific manner from year to year. Chalk it up to a history of afflictions, work schedules, family locations, and a general recognition that “new” can be a blessing, we recognized the opportunity for creativity.
I’ll confess that having a daughter who is a culinary student has its personal advantages. But did I mention she follows a vegan diet? So as the turkey thawed out in the fridge and I inquired of my daughter’s thoughts on how I might prepare it in a tasty manner. To my surprise, she offered to do it. And that was the beginning of a collaboration of innovation.
Having this time with my daughter allowed me to learn from her but created more opportunities for deepening our relationship. Together, we adapted recipes for all our comfort foods. And in the process, I learned things I never knew including how to “roll” rolls.
Of course, this day didn’t unfold as expected months ago. And I recognize that can bring grief for some. We have had our share. What we have learned through it is to be grateful for the different experiences. They have served up a buffet of memories and blessings, no matter how small, that remind us that God’s provision unfolds in all circumstances.
And isn’t that the point?
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