Of course, the coming of fall also means that pumpkin is back on the menu and that my birthday is just around the corner and that we have yet another chance to figure out how to not only cook up a fun vegetarian Thanksgiving menu, but also create our own meaningful family Thanksgiving traditions.
Ever since we stopped going to family Thanksgiving, we've been trying to figure it out. The first year saw us at home because I was in the middle of writing my wedding planning book and my deadline was just a few days away. The next year, I was pregnant and we invited a good friend to celebrate with us. After that, P. was tiny... then I was pregnant again... and then I was purposefully avoiding holiday celebrations in the wake of my miscarriage. Which brings us to this year, where Thanksgiving falls too close to Hunter's due date to plan for anything.
Now, I actually don't have many fall memories that aren't in some way connected to various birthday parties or Halloween happenings, though one particular Thanksgiving does spring to mind. I was in grade school and I had pneumonia. There was a family baby on the way and it was determined that my illness and the pregnancy were incompatible so that meant the holiday was going to be just me and my mom. I was pretty disappointed at first, but it ended up being a lot of fun. Mom made a chicken instead of a turkey and fixins and pumpkin pie and we ate it all together right there in the kitchen without anyone else.
I think about that Thanksgiving sometimes when we're trying to navigate our own small holidays and I'm asking myself if it's really a celebration without 10+ people kicking each other under the table. But it's not the size of the family that counts, right?
This year, I'm looking forward to making fall memories with P. and with the BabbyDaddy. Last year, P. tentatively played in the crunchy leaves and that was about it until she went crazy for Christmas starting the day after Thanksgiving.
This year, we've hit the big fall fair, cooked up and brunched on pumpkin pancakes, crunched through the masses of fallen autumn leaves already crowding the sidewalks, and overdosed on locally-pressed cider. And it's only just a few days into October! As much as I dislike seeing the warm weather give way to the inevitable chill, I am totally looking forward to whatever comes next.
What are some of your favorite fall memories?