Everyone asks, “How was your Thanksgiving?” Actually, I think it was better than usual. I snuggled down into my big tilt-back chair with bulky pillows and warm blankets to watch NBC’s version of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with 50 million of my closest friends who also watch it on TV. This event was born in 1924 with a few features and floats and one marching band. It grew like Topsy and became an annual event.
I can’t say that I am greatly enamored with parades and this is about the only one I watch all the way through. It astounds me that the bands not only march, but they run, then perform intricate routines forward, backward and sideways, all the while playing equally intricate music. The extraordinary floats are fascinating to watch, making their way along the route, held in place with guy wires and guys to keep them from wandering astray. Each year new ones are added and old ones are greeted with enthusiasm like the Pillsbury Doughboy. The dancers and singers are also amazing with the routines they perform in those skimpy costumes on a 35 degree day. Once it started snowing, I can imagine the participants were thrilled that the parade was winding down. At the end of two hours, I reluctantly pulled back the blankets and crawled out of my warm cocoon.
My widowed friend, Nola, and I had asked another lady who was alone, plus three single fellows from here in the park, to join us for dinner. The other lady was not feeling well when the day arrived so Nola and I had three escorts. It was a fun two hours. Our waitress at Denny’s was extremely busy but she took the time to respond to our silliness and took great care of our individual dinner requests. And I have to say that Denny’s provided a really tasty Thanksgiving dinner. No, it wasn’t “homemade” and we didn’t experience the yummy fragrances of the roasting, baking, and other preparations, nor did we have the leftovers for later, but it was a pleasant meal to share with friends. Later in the afternoon, we all met at Nola’s for snacks and pumpkin pie.
Yeah, it was a great Thanksgiving. God Bless until next week.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”