A New Home for the Holiday

Marcy is probably up to her eyeballs in boxes both empty and full right now. I picture McCaffrey the MilleniaLab wandering lost if excited among them, wearing a loose doggy grin as his nails tick-tack across the new floor. Mr. Emptywheel may likewise be wandering between boxes while muttering in an Irish accent under his breath about a well-deserved beer.

Ah, but they’re home for the holiday. What a great memory this will be in years to come. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Emptywheel on their new digs!

Most of us have memories of home on this holiday–many good, some bad, but enough decent ones to compel us to go home to give thanks with others. Many of you are preparing for a harried road trip, or an even more hectic trip by air. I wish you safe and secure between here and wherever it is you need to be. Watch out for deer if you’re driving.

A number of my own best/worst Thanksgiving memories involve travel. Like the time I flew from Detroit to Omaha to see my folks and kid brother; it was like landing in another world, a movie set replete with All-American high school football stars and cheerleaders. We drove from the airport past the Platte River, where sandhill cranes amassed by the thousands along the banks in nearby fields. I made my dad stop the car to hear the roar they made as these dinosaur-ish creatures chattered at one another.

Or another year when I drove hundreds of miles to volunteer with my nurse-mom at a convent. Well, more like a nursing home for nuns; I helped with bedpans, walkers, visited and served dinner, attended an utterly silent prayer service. Absolutely insane experience, all the elderly women patting me on the cheek like I was the one who needed care. I will never forget the tiny, frail 80-something sister who sat next to me during their turkey dinner; she clutched my hand, then patted it, and rasped, “This’ll be one Thanksgiving you’ll never forget.” She fricking winked at me and smirked, and then tried to recruit me to take vows in their order.

Hell yes, sister, I still think of it and you every year. Sorry about those vows, though. I know you meant well. I’ve never been nun material.

When I was growing up, nearly every T-Day holiday my family took in a new movie. We don’t do that anymore, but we do watch oldies but goodies at home. They’ve become part the rituals that my kids will remember in the future as they think back on their Thanksgiving holidays past. Like watching my personal favorite, Home for the Holidays, while we bake something yeasty for tomorrow’s feast at the in-laws. There’s nothing quite like Home for the Holidays to brace one’s self for visiting the extended dysfunction that is family. Tomorrow we’ll watch Planes, Trains, and Automobiles while we cuddle up on our couch, lolling about in our overfed discomfort,and enjoy a fire in the fireplace.

What about you? What are your favorite Thanksgiving Day memories? Are you traveling? And what about holiday movies–is there one you’d share or enjoy every year?

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

22 Responses to A New Home for the Holiday

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel @joshgerstein LOL. Thanks for the clarification.
2mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @jon_dunn I've been here 20 years, almost to the day. Keep promising I'll pick it up every time I play but alas.
14mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @MikeSacksEsq: BREAKING: D.C. Circuit sides with #NSA in the Klayman case, vacates Judge Leon's decision from December 2013. Opinion not…
16mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @emptywheel Yer worse than Ashley Madison!
39mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @MicahZenko Also, ISIS is not organized? Man they ARE politicizing intelligence if he believes that.
43mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @bmaz Haven't yet.
45mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @emptywheel After you outing me to Sweet Judy Blew Lies??
45mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @bmaz If only we had a trash talk to discuss such things... Weekend coming up.
47mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @Atrios: it really was, simply, "black people live there. they are scary."
48mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @Atrios: there was so little mainstream commentary on this at the time. it was mindboggling
48mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @Atrios: desperate new orleans residents were treated like enemy combatants instead of being rescued during katrina aftermath
48mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz So @ESPN's Chris Mortenson is a flat out liar. No credibility at ESPN over #Deflategate http://t.co/tyqPyyPNhF via @ProFootballTalk
49mreplyretweetfavorite
November 2012
S M T W T F S
« Oct   Dec »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930