Tuesday, November 20, 2007


We are stuck here for Thanksgiving. That in itself is disappointing but the fact that I have not purchased any food or done any preparations makes it even more sad. I was looking forward to a fun filled weekend with all of my family. My parents are divorced and live 4 hours apart but my Mom was going to be 5 minutes down the road from my Dad's house celebrating Thanksgiving at my aunts so I was going to get to see both sides of the family for once.

I don't know what to do. Our next door neighbors had invited us to do Thanksgiving at their house a week ago but we told them we would be out of town. They had offered to watch Rocky for the weekend for us while we were out and we accepted. I saw the husband outside today bringing in the trashcan on his lunch break and ran over and mentioned that our plans had been canceled and they wouldn't need to watch Rocky anymore. I didn't bring up their invitation for Thanksgiving and all he did was mumble something about talking to his wife about what their plans were going to be. I didn't say anything but I felt awful.

I don't want to mooch on their Thanksgiving and I don't want them to feel uncomfortable uninviting us if it is too much trouble. I know Thanksgiving is a huge undertaking depending on how many guests are invited so last minute guests could throw things out of kilter. I really like our neighbors they are similar in age to us and have a 2 year old daughter and a son on the way. I really just wanted to let them know that a) they don't have to feed our dog b) if they invitation still stands we would love to join them and I will bring whatever is needed.

Anyways, that was a little uncomfortable. If we aren't invited to their house I will need to figure out some kind of Thanksgiving dinner for me and my husband. It may be stove top and ham for us this year. I have a lot to be grateful for so we will just make the best of it and celebrate with our little family of four (including Rocky).

Perhaps Bear will share some of his Thanksgiving meal with us.


LL said...

Maybe you can talk to the wife. Men usually have no idea what's going on with the meal process and shrug it off not because he doesn't want you to be there, but probably because he had no idea you were invited in the first place. Maybe mention it just like you did here- if it isn't too much trouble you'd love to come and would be happy to bring the side dishes and/or dessert. Regardless I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

(P.S. We had the portraits done at that place this morning- fantastic! We bought WAY too many, but man are they cute. I'll email you some of the family ones that I won't post online :)

She Likes Purple said...

I'm a big believer that holidays are just days and famliy and food and friends and laughter, those things are possible whenever you want. Mike and I wil be alone on Turkey Day (or, as I've dubbed it, mashed potatoe day) and although we'd love to be in a houseful of love and family, we know that there's always the next holiday. And just think you don't have to fight holiday traffic. That's what I keep telling myself.

Your neighbor was probably not sure what was going on (men so rarely are).