It was a gob­ble-gob­ble kind of day

Record Observer - - RELIGION -

I do not know about any­body else, but I truly en­joy Thanks­giv­ing Day. It is not just be­cause of the turkey that the Gra­cious Mistress of the Par­son­age pre­pares so bril­liantly, al­though, I can­not think of any other rea­son.

Of course, there is the idea of fam­ily get­ting to­gether. I en­joy that all the time. I like to hear the sto­ries and get caught up with the lat­est hap­pen­ings that have to do with my fam­ily.

I re­mem­ber years ago good old Un­cle Bud was my fa­vorite un­cle. He could tell a story that was so un­be­liev­able that you ended up be­liev­ing him.

Even to­day, I can re­mem­ber some of the sto­ries that he would tell and I could see now that he was ex­ag­ger­at­ing very well. I guess it’s in our fam­ily.

So, it is won­der­ful to get to­gether with fam­ily and get up-to-date with all the hap­pen­ings in our fam­ily.

How­ever, when it comes to Thanks­giv­ing, my fo­cus is on the marvelous food. Ev­ery­body in the fam­ily is to bring their spe­cial dish to share with ev­ery­body else. Some are good at bak­ing pies, some at do­ing veg­etable dishes (al­though this year we were not al­lowed to use let­tuce), some at casseroles and a host of other de­li­cious del­i­ca­cies.

Here’s what I like about a good old-fash­ioned fam­ily gath­er­ing at Thanks­giv­ing. No mat­ter what the Gra­cious Mistress of the Par­son­age says to me, I feel ob­li­gated to eat ev­ery dish brought in by a fam­ily mem­ber. After all, I surely do not want to em­bar­rass any­body or shun them.

And, the best thing about this is, I need to have sec­onds and thirds and some­times even more. After all, I do not want to of­fend any­body in my fam­ily.

I’m not sure, but I think ev­ery­body brought a pie. There were so many dif­fer­ent pies on the table that I could not choose which one I wanted. There­fore, be­ing the won­der­ful fam­ily per­son that I am, I took a slice of each.

My rea­son­ing is sim­ple, if it is a Thanks­giv­ing din­ner and the food is brought by fam­ily there ab­so­lutely no calo­ries at­tached to it. That’s my story, and I’m stick­ing to it!

Al­though every­thing else was rather de­li­cious, I must say that the turkey was mag­nif­i­cent. And, as you might know, my wife pre­pared that turkey.

She be­gan the prepa­ra­tion for our Thanks­giv­ing Day Turkey some­where in Au­gust. There were some tur­keys on sale and she scooped them up as much as pos­si­ble. After all, she wanted to make sure she had enough turkey for ev­ery­one. And, ac­cord­ing to her, it is against fam­ily rules to leave the fam­ily din­ner with­out tak­ing left­overs with you.

To pre­pare for this, the turkey had to be huge. That meant two and maybe even three tur­keys to be pre­pared. It took her days to cook the turkey. Since I have no cook­ery imag­i­na­tion, I am not sure how she cooked it or how long it took her to cook it. All I know is, the kitchen smelled de­li­cious for sev­eral weeks.

Please, do not let this get out. But she had one turkey that was done and she put it on the shelf to cool down a lit­tle bit be­fore putting it in the freezer. I looked at it. I thought it looked back at me. I looked at it again and I got to the point of non­re­sis­tance. After all, why should I fight with the turkey?

Very care­fully I sliced bits of turkey where I thought no­body would no­tice it and walked away munch­ing on very de­li­cious turkey. My prob­lem was, the turkey was too de­li­cious and I was too hun­gry. I went back sev­eral times and cut off just a lit­tle bit so no­body would no­tice. The no­body that I did not want to no­tice, of course, was my wife.

I hap­pen to be chew­ing on a bit of turkey when the wife came into the room and asked the ques­tion she al­ways asks me, “What are you eat­ing?”

“Oh,” I said rather hes­i­tat­ingly, “I’m just chew­ing on a lit­tle bit of meat I found in the re­frig­er­a­tor.” I thought that would solve the prob­lem and for a while it looked like it did.

I just got seated in my chair when she, look­ing at the turkey, said, “Did you get a piece of this turkey to eat?”

When you’re found out, you’re found out. And trust me, I was found out.

Not all the ly­ing in the world could get me out of this predica­ment that I was in.

I thought I had come to the end. She had caught me with turkey in my mouth. I was sure I was in some deep trou­ble.

Then she said some­thing that to­tally sur­prised me. “How was that turkey? Was it any good?”

I like to take ad­van­tage of sit­u­a­tions so I said, “That was the best turkey I have ever tasted in my life.”

With a smile, she turned and walked away. How I got away with that, I am go­ing to have to pon­der for quite a few days.

As I pon­dered my sit­u­a­tion, I thought of a verse in Proverbs. “A man hath joy by the an­swer of his mouth: and a word spo­ken in due sea­son, how good is it!” (Proverbs 15:23).

I do not of­ten say the right thing, but when I do, what a joy it is.

Rev. James L. Sny­der is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship. He lives with the Gra­cious Mistress of the Par­son­age in Ocala. Call him at 1-866-5522543 or email jamess­ny­[email protected] His web­site is www.jamess­ny­der­min­istries.com.

St. Daniel’s plans foot­ball pageant

NEW CAS­TLE, DEL. — St. Daniel’s UAME Church, 201 Wilm­ing­ton Ave., will hold its an­nual foot­ball pageant at 1 p.m. Dec. 1.

Cost: $10 per per­son, buf­fet/smor­gas­bord meal in­cluded.

Come dressed in your fa­vorite foot­ball at­tire to have fun.

The Rev. Dev­eral Wil­son Sr. is pas­tor.

Christ­mas carol ser­vice set for Dec. 2

STARR — The Old Star Methodist Church will hold an old fash­ioned Christ­mas carol sing at 6 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 2. Re­fresh­ments will be avail­able af­ter­ward. All are wel­come.

Christ­mas bazaar set in Cor­ba­ley Hall

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Our Mother of Sor­rows will hold a Christ­mas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 8, in Cor­ba­ley Hall, 301 Home­wood Av­enue, Cen­tre­ville.

There will be craft ven­dors, a white ele­phant room, a Se­cret Santa Shop and a silent auc­tion.

The church’s fa­mous chicken and dumplings, crab soup and other foods will be for sale.

Visit with Santa from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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