For the past few years, I’ve marked Thanksgiving by posting the same damn thing on my site – a long, somewhat obscure, list of things that I’m thankful for, culminating in a scene from one of the Addams Family movies in which Wednesday Addams, portraying Pocahontas in a youth production of the first Thanksgiving, turns the tables on the Puritans, killing them all gruesome fashion. I took some comfort in knowing that, every year, at the beginning of the holiday season, this old post of mine would come back around like the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special. And I thought that perhaps others may, over time, come to appreciate it in the same way. But, as I’m looking at it now, I’m just not feeling it, and I’m thinking that perhaps it’s time to try something new. (My apologies to any families who had plans to gather around the laptop on Thanksgiving Eve, waiting for that old post to pop up on my site, so that they could read it aloud together.) No, this year, I’m thinking that perhaps a virtual dinner is in order, a kind of online Thanksgiving meal for those of you who read this site, who either don’t have anyone to spend the holiday with, or, worse yet, are being forced to spend it with people that you might not really care for. Consider this post a little Thanksgiving oasis – a place you can escape to and just chat with other who, like you, read this site on a regular basis… So, pour yourself a pint of wine, put a TV dinner into the toaster oven, and let’s talk… Feel free to share recipes, gossip about relatives, or, in the spirit of the holiday, talk about what you’re thankful for. I promise to drop by often and keep you company.
Here, to set the mood, are a few images that I was able to find hidden deep in the recesses of the web.