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Afterthoughts 11-23
Thankful for family
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To all of you who have missed my Afterthoughts column…I’m back! Actually I have written the column sporadically for several years, but have slacked off for a while. After receiving the “Best of the Best” columnist award, I figure I'd better share.
My column is usually based around my family – my husband, three daughters, their husbands and five grandchildren. The stories I share are not very exciting, but folks tell me they enjoy reading about my families’ antics, and they can relate them with their own family.
My husband, Michael, and I are just like other grandparents, we will dote on our grandchildren any and every chance we get. Our oldest, Carter, is a 15-year-old, driver permit holder, that plays every sport he can possibly find time to. Therefore we are always trying to see a game of his. Next is his sister, Lauren, an 11-year-old smart and beautiful girl that loves reading and participating in pageants. Ian is about to turn 10, and is a studious, gun-toting hunter who also plays basketball. His brother is 9 years old, has beautiful blue eyes and a sweet smile that will take him far in life. Elliot is also smart as a whip and plays baseball and basketball. The youngest, Behr, is the joy in all our lives. The 17-month-old is a fun-loving, very active little boy that never lacks for attention. He and his parents live in Eagleville, so we are often making trips to Murfreesboro.
The upcoming holidays are a great time for family gatherings, with Thanksgiving probably being the biggest eating day of the year. If tradition holds true, the women in the family will be making their favorite dishes and even trying out some new recipes. I understand many men have a place in the kitchen, with some smoking or deep-frying the family’s turkey. 
Speaking of turkeys. Did you know eating turkey does not cause you to feel sleepy? It’s the carbs you consume that are most likely the cause of your sleepiness.
Turkey is low in fat and high in protein, and has more protein than chicken or beef. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the United States at Thanksgiving.
I have memories of the first turkey I prepared on my own. Like many cooks, I didn’t allow enough time for it to properly defrost and was frantically trying everything possible to get it defrosted. I was a mess and the turkey was not much better. I don’t even want to think about my experiences with making cornbread dressing!
All-in-all it’s a good time for families to get together and enjoy each other’s company, watch a little football or even take a nap. Our boys always end up outside, wet or dry, as long as a ball is involved.
With the Thanksgiving season here, and the Christmas holiday quickly approaching, we just need to slow down a little and take time to appreciate all we have to be thankful for.