t is for thanks. and turkey.

10 Oct

thanksgiving is a special time – good food, copious amounts of chilled chardy and entertaining family drama.  but sookie sookie, i have another, more secret, reason for loving thanksgiving.

before we get to that though, you may recall that i have told you the story of the first time husband and i met (a ball + vodka + a disappearing act). what i neglected to mention in that little tale is that in between the first meeting and our official coupledom, there was about seven months. (when i said i ran away – i wasn’t kidding…)

well it was seven months of being just friends – seven months of learning about each other and of building to that moment. you know, the moment when you realize that hey – i’d like him to be my more-than-a-friend.

and well for us that moment came on a thanksgiving weekend. we had been talking a lot, and one night – in typical ‘him’ fashion – he randomly invited me to travel five hours to come and spend the holiday with him and his friends.

now, i’m a logical human girl, so i knew this was kind of odd. i knew that most people would probably have said he should be wooing me in more obvious ways, like say, with a giant panda bear and maybe a string quartet and champers on a picnic blanket.

so after making mental lists, pivot tables and several venn diagrams on my options –  i swiftly got on a bus and made my way into the vast unknown.

and yup, since we hadn’t really spent much time together since the epic first meeting, it was a little awkward at the beginning. i mean, what did i know about this guy other than the fact that he dances well when drunk and likes pizza kind of a lot?

but then something funny happened.

i was standing in his parents’ kitchen, freezing my tush off and looking out on the deck at him with his big group of friends. they were all talking and laughing and telling stories from 10 + years ago.

i just stood there thinking: “wow, this guy loves his friends. and they love him. and i love that. oh f*&k…”

and i feel like, honestly, that was the moment – simple as it was. i knew that in that instant i would probably never be a so-called logical human girl around him again.  if he wanted me to take a bus to the moon i totes would: c’est l’amour.

so thanksgiving is a wonderful time for all of the normal reasons – but it will always be just a little bit more perfectly perfect for me and him. i will simply never forget that feeling of standing in a freezing cold kitchen being insanely and irrationally thankful that he asked me to come visit.

happy turkey day, kind readers. (and happy non-wedding anniversary, kind husband.)

t is for thanks


15 Responses to “t is for thanks. and turkey.”

  1. Brenna October 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    Happy thanksgiving!

    • al October 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

      hope the turkey was extra delicious in good ‘ol elbow!

  2. ica October 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Happy thanksgiving sister! Love you! Still makin minis you will get your fix :)

    We will photo you in ;)

    love you so so much!

    Ps.. I will give benny a hug for you when I see him tonight ( and well the furry one as well )


    • al October 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

      what i’m getting from this comment is that you a) love me and b) are making me mini pies.

      i am excited by both of these things.

  3. Cara October 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    That was such a nice thanksgiving :) Happy friendaversary! xoxo

  4. Cara October 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Ps have you ever heard about the time Andrew and Ben went to Atlantic city? They never talk about it. Ever!

    • al October 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

      it really was a nice thanksgiving…many more to come i hope! i hope you and the fam had an amazing weekend.

      wait…ben and andrew went to atlantic city together!??!?!?! i must immediately hear a story about this! and then i must immediately hear that same story again. and again!


      • Cara October 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

        Hahaha!!! And again and again and again… We’re not nice people. Good thing we found eachother xo

  5. Hannah October 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    I’m slightly confused with all this Thanksgiving talk. We all know that Thanksgiving is in November and is celebrated with football and cranberry sauce.

    You are just so silly :)

    • al October 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

      since you are a member of gt, you must celebrate canadian thanksgiving. fact.

  6. A.A.B. (auntie angie baby) October 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    and t is for tell me you aren’t having tofu turkey today al….here’s the 23 pound question for today…. what happens when your largest roasting pan is too small for the bird? answer: use your cake sheet pan. question: what happens when the cake sheet pan is too big for the oven? hmmm…..

    • al October 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

      i hope that your conundrum was solved. your comment got me thinking about how delicious your turkey probably was…

  7. Kathleen Szoke October 10, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    This left me a little teary-eyed Ali, but in a good way.

    • al October 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

      thanks kathleen – happy tears are a good thing! :)

  8. ann sitch October 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    as mother of the boy in question here, unromantically we came back to our house to find a lot of dirty dishes 4 days later! but we’re so glad you decided to marry him after all despite his dish washing aversion. and we wish very much that you could have been with us for our thanksgiving this year, you were sorely missed. xxx

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