Thanksgiving Day is one filled with many emotions by many people and families. I start to think back (for me, there are many days and years to think back on), remembering those happy days. Trying hard to pick out one or two, is not easy. There are so many.
One Thanksgiving Day, I remember, while living in Hicksville LI, NY (there really is a town by that name), we gathered ’round the big pine trestle-style table, held hands, and said a prayer of thanks for having the fortune of being there together that day, and hoping for more happy days of togetherness in the future.
Another Thanksgiving Day I can remember was celebrated right here in South Florida, in my new home that I shared with my late husband, Bob. Bob did all the cooking. He was a good cook, and got so much enjoyment when we all found his efforts to be greatly pleasing to the palette (and also to the stomach!).
Today, that trestle table is long gone; several of the people with whom I held hands in Hicksville have passed; and some of those with whom I shared the Thanksgiving meal in South Florida, are not with us anymore, having gone to a better place, also. But, not all is lost: I am going to be together with my sister and brother-in-law in their home and we will share a lovely dinner; but, most important, we will be together.
The Hampton Inn Dadeland was a welcome sight, for sure, after that harrowing trip along US 1. A smiling Pedro at the reception desk was also a welcoming sight.
We checked in and went to our room. Of course, we had the last room at the end of the long hallway!
We were happy with the room. After stowing our gear, we thought we’d tend to the task of treating ourselves for dinner: Cheesecake Factory!!
Got the directions to the Dadeland Mall, and were looking forward to that meal.
We were shown to a cozy, quiet booth. Just right for conversation as well as enjoying our dinner. Brian was our waiter – a good-looking tall young man; so congenial and friendly and smiling. A pleasure. Flavored iced tea for beverage. Hmmm. Everything looks so good. Hard choice. Finally decided we were going to have FUN. We were in a festive mood – loved the Cheesecake Factory, and Brian made the event even more pleasant.
Fried calamari, Crispy Cuban Rolls and Warm Asparagus Salad. What a selection! Couldn’t wait.
Service was pretty quick, and we started our FUN FEAST. I really didn’t think we would finish it all, but we did!! Just thinking about those great flavors and textures, is making my mouth water all over again.
Of course, after the dishes were cleared off, Brian asked if we would like dessert. Oh no! We were too full, and besides, we don’t usually have dessert after a meal.
All of a sudden, words popped out of my mouth: Do you still have that chocolate cake with the chocolate fudge and chocolate mousse layers? Fern looked at me as if I were crazy. We really didn’t plan on having dessert. “Oh yes,” said Brian.
We got the cake.