One of my sister-in-laws really enjoys decorating big for all holidays and fixing big family meals. My brother recently sent me a photo of something resting on . . . is it? Could it be? Yes it is! The nod to Thanksgiving tablerunner I made and sent to her way back in 2006. There were matching placemats too, using the Sunbonnet Sue fabric I thought was such a riot and went into the samples I made for a class I taught using Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day pattern for lover's knot placemats and then worked out how to stretch it into a table runner. As funny as I thought this fabric was, any kind of Sunbonnet Sue just isn't my style, so I finished them up for that sister-in-law who I knew would love them. She's had some major health issues lately, is actually 80 now, so is not doing as much decorating and cooking as she once did, and of course, with the covid restrictions in CA where they live, well, they're not seeing nearby family either. Like me, they are planning a day just to themselves and (unlike me) are ordering take-out. And I know it will be eaten on those placemats.
Wishing for you a safe Thanksgiving full of gratitude for what you have
and no grumbling over what you may not. I know for those used to big
family gatherings, this Thanksgiving may feel like a huge sacrifice to
"follow the Fauci", but I would remind you that there are many people
like me who have not attended a family Thanksgiving dinner for years,
nor gathered with friends locally, nor had anyone in. Don't you dare
start feeling sorry for me though, as I rather enjoy celebrating alone.
But there will be others who pine year after year for inclusion, an
invite, a visit, and receive none. So you miss one year of getting
together with family. Small price to pay under the circumstances, and be
thankful that in these modern times you can visit over Zoom or
FaceTime. In other words, NO WHINING! Remember those less fortunate than you in any way you can. And have a great day full of blessings.