We're only a few hours away now from one of the holidays my family enjoys.
Thanksgiving is Thursday.
It's always been a time for my family to get together, sit down and have a great meal, kick the feet back and watch football games, laugh as some of the fathers of the group find a way to fall asleep following the big turkey meal.
But this year, things will definitely be different.
This will be the first Thanksgiving without my grandmother.
I poured my heart out on paper about how much she meant to me.
Still, it will be strange not seeing her at the dinner table Thursday.
Honestly, it's still difficult for me to even visit my grandparents' home. I sometimes still expect her to come down the hall and yell at me for something I supposedly did.
But, my family needs each other more now than it ever has. This year has been difficult indeed.
But people perservere. That's what makes us human.
Still, it will be strange not seeing her there.
My grandmother made the best chicken and dumplings dish. I don't think I've ever ate a better meal. And she always made it for Thanksgiving.
She had started making more over the years because everyone loved it so much. No matter how much she made, it was always gone by the end of the day.
This year, my mom decided she was going to make chicken and dumplings with the same recipe.
And she took a stab at the recipe earlier last week.
I, along with others in my family, were guinea pigs. We were asked, politely, to eat the food.
I did. They were great. My mother has always been a good cook.
But they still weren't the same.
They weren't made by my grandmother.
But I know my mother will be making these chicken and dumplings Thursday in honor of her mother, my grandmother.
I will eat them with pride.
And I'm sure they will taste just as good as they have in the past. I'm also quite sure that, once again, there will be no leftovers.
Thanksgiving is always a time to reflect on what we are thankful for.
I'm thankful that I still have family around to be with on this day. I plan on sharing that for as long as I can. That is, until I have to come back to work Thursday evening to put together Friday's paper.
There are people in Clay County that will not be as fortunate this Thanksgiving.
To all those who will not be with family or recently lost loved ones, we at The Brazil Times wish to extend heartfelt sympathy for the recent loss of loved ones.