Over the years I have learned to compensated with precision. To have a holiday dinner
I set aside one task a day for an entire week or longer. At the beginning of November my grocery list is in my calendar and my task list is broken down into daily tasks for the month. One day set the table, one day prepare potatoes, one day prepare stuffing mixture, one day shopping, and so on. Sometimes even that gets to be too much. Isn’t it amazing that someone might need some help instead of being condemned for the things that go wrong?
One year I was having family over for the Thanksgiving holiday. Everything was prepared and placed on the table. As it was time to get the turkey out of the oven they reached in to pull it out and … the oven wasn’t even hot. I forgot to turn on the oven. Obviously I didn’t cook the turkey! It takes heat to cook…and that never happened!
It was Thanksgiving dinner without the protein. Everyone became a vegetarian for this Thanksgiving dinner! I’ll never forget it, but I was surprised that others were that dependent that there wasn’t help available.
I thought about it awhile. Yes, it was embarrassing but why didn’t anyone notice that the smell of roasted turkey was not filling the home. I don’t have a sense of smell. Was it all my mistake? I take full responsibility since I was the cook, but it was laughter at my expense. This was the second year of mishaps so I needed to change my strategy.
In recent years I have decided I needed to cook the turkey in advance. I cook and cut it up the day before the holiday. At least I know it’s cooked and I simply heat and serve it. Now, it’s easy enough to buy the heat and serve dinners…and in the future I might be resorting to this, but I would prefer to volunteer a couple hours in community services if I can.
If you go in to a home and aroma of your meal is missing, see if the cook turned on the oven! It will be obvious something is missing. If you don’t take responsibility to help in some small way, you all become a bunch of turkeys! Expect you’ll be eating a vegetarian meal if the host has prepared anything at all!
- How To Make This Thanksgiving Stress-Free (proflowers.com)
- Vegetarian Thanksgiving – Yes You Can, And I Promise, No One Will Starve (myonepreciouslife.wordpress.com)