Laughter makes healing easier. Everyday is an adventure in this home. Which Thanksgiving would you prefer for dinner? This Thanksgiving was likely the first following my injury, November 1992. Dinner was in the oven and smoke filled the house.
My husband called our local fire department. All the smoke alarms were going off. I had no idea why the smoke alarms were going off. My vision was always blurred and had no sense of smell. I depended on others for my senses that were disrupted. Our working smoke detectors were sounding a high pitch intensity. This was not a noise I could tolerate! Noise intolerance is common in most brain injuries and decades later I still find it difficult to handle at times.
Because of the noise I hovered in the closet covering my ears. I have progressed a long way since that time. I forgot to take the turkey out of the package. I was cooking the turkey with plastic and everything in it. I did place it in a pan and put some water around the pan so it wouldn’t stick with the intent to use as gravy.
This would have been some sticky gravy made with my specialty of melted plastic wrappings! At least it was seasoned packaging. Don’t ask me what I was thinking. Obviously I was oblivious to what I was doing or not doing!
I wonder why I didn’t notice that I never took a 25# turkey out of the packaging. Maybe the flavored or seasoned plastic was appealing! My next question is this: I can’t lift a 25# turkey so who helped me put it in the pan and into the oven?
Things we do are goofy at best! Gosh, if only you could laugh at all these silly things we do with good intent. Did you ever notice, the things that go wrong are the things that seem to be the most memorable events? That’s true with everyone, injury or not!
Well, I don’t have any pie on the floor stories, because I simply never baked good pies. Besides, I have a dog who would love the dessert! That’s something I never mastered to bake, so I leave those desserts for others to bake. My dog hides when the house fills with smoke. It’s become a regular thing over the years!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and think about the fun things that happen, even if you think all is well at your home! I bet you have some interesting Holiday stories to share. What is your most memorable eventful Holiday story?
- 2012 Thanksgiving Trends: What’s In and What’s Out at the Thanksgiving Table This Year (thebittenword.com)
- Editor’s Notebook: The perfect holiday dinner is usually far from, well, perfect (triblive.com)
- Time change prompts check of smoke alarm batteries (rapidcityjournal.com)