Thanksgiving truisms

There will be cheese. And sausage. And crackers. And olives. And candied jalapeños.

Start and end with cheese

The kitchen windows will be steamy and there will be two turkeys and stuffing and mashed potatoes and sweet potato souffle and creamed corn and collard greens and brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce and gravy. And leftovers for a week.

One of two

The pie to human ratio must be no less than 3 to 7. One must be apple.

Apple of course

The Michigan contingent will bring snow.

Thanksgiving snowfall

Everyone is welcome to the table. But not necessarily on the table.

Wallace at the table

Games are sometimes better when you make up your own rules.


Traditions are necessary.

330 : 366

Time will expand in strange ways so that 24 hours will bulge to contain a week’s worth of conversation, laughter, beer, games, food, football, hugs, YouTube videos, dog cuddles, goat cuddles, and cheese glorious cheese.

And time will shrink in strange ways so that 24 hours will fold into a tiny envelope that contains your guests’ arrival and departure in such a brief moment.

And time will shift in strange ways so that those who aren’t with us are still with us, and eight chairs become twenty, and the past is on our plates and in our mouths, and ten years backwards is ten years forwards. And the thing we’ve waited for all autumn suddenly appears, bright and red, in our own backyard.



  1. Jill S says:

    Those moments, strung together or tucked in a pocket, are what make a life. Thank you for the reminder. ❤

    1. Rebecca says:

      Thank you so much, Jill. I know you appreciate that slow, quiet, tiny moments as much as anyone. xo

  2. alittletea3 says:

    Beautiful in every way.~D

    1. Rebecca says:

      Thank you, Deb! I hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving! xo

  3. What a lovely description of this experience! And always the wonderful photos.

  4. Melody A. says:

    “And time will shift so that those who aren’t with us are still with us” This one is so true for me, it was one of my husband’s favorite days , one where he was mostly head chef and I was sous chef, and chief bottle washer. and Now he is not with us but I see him just the same starting on peeling potatoes and sweet potatoes and getting the turkey ready for the oven. Lovely post, that says so much , love all your beautiful photos. from Iowa

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