I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and I hope your families have a joyous holiday season.
Aja The Writer Graves, author of I'm Yours and Unexpected. Follow her online at http://ajathewriter.wordpress.com.:
"Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday; Christmas is, but I always felt that the food on Thanksgiving was the best out of the two. All of the focus of the family is on making sure every dish is prepared to perfection and that no one walks out of the house un-full or unsatisfied. My grandmother who is now 80, is the matriarch of my family. Whenever someone asks me where are you going this holiday (doesn’t matter which holiday it is)— I always respond with “Over MaMa’s”. I feel like my loving grandfather’s feelings must have been hurt when he was living, since I never seemed to acknowledge that it was his house too but hey. . he never let on. Anyway, for most of my life, because my family is large, I was the observer of what happened in the kitchen. My job was always to get out the fine dinnerware and silverware. But over the years, my role has evolved. With my relatives either passing or aging, especially my grandmother, there’s a lot more for me to do. So my favorite memory now is of my grandmother looking over at me and asking me with her eyes, leaving her pride in place, to pull that out of the oven, please stir that for me, please start to fill the dishes with the sides. Please gather the family for Grace. The passing of the torch- that is my newest favorite memory."
Farrah Rochon, author of several steamy and delicious romance novels including her latest, All You Can Handle (Moments in Maplesville). Follow her online at www.farrahrochon.com.
Ashley Fayton, blogger and future bestselling author, poet and cook.
Thanksgiving is a weird holiday for my family. It always just feels like a after church where you feel like you just really want to cook a big meal. It's never been a huge deal for my family. At least from my point ovmf view. Even though we have adopted the usual traditions of the holiday, it's odd.
I guess, my favorite Thanksgiving memory was two years ago (I think... I have no concept of time) when I got to cook the whole meal myself. See, I went to a technical school for culinary arts and love everything about cooking. So to have the chance to cook such a big, "important" meal for my whole family, was amazing. I loved creating something out of nothing and being able to watch the joy on my family's faces as they ate.
To this day, that is one of my best memories, period. Not just for the holiday.
Wendy Covington, speech-language pathologist, masters degree in communications disorders. HBCU Alum, Winston-Salem State University and North Carolina Central University.