November 26th, 2007
Mmm, Thanksgiving. The time when we all give thanks for the blessings in our lives: family, friends, health….and a whole lot of food!
My Thanksgiving break went even better than expected. After flying back from NYC on Tuesday night, I hustled to make the drive home Wednesday morning. I packed up my now five month old puppy and began the three-hour trek to Mom’s homemade chili, turkey, mashed potatoes and dressing. When I got home to good ol’ Glen Rose, I had the pleasant realization that a cold front had come in, and I finally needed a hoodie in Texas in November. Hooray cold! I got to catch up with my sister and my cousin, and had a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving feast with my immediate family.
The next day was even better—more turkey! Every year my family heads over to the nearby “city” of Granbury, Texas to officially celebrate Thanksgiving. I call Granbury a city because, even though it is far from an actual city like Houston or Dallas and has the sparse population of just under 6,000, it has a Wal-Mart and a movie theatre, which equates it to the great cultural meccas of the world for our little town of Glen Rose. This feast was even more expansive than the first—turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, rolls, homemade mac and cheese, homemade gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, stuffed tomatoes—and the pies! Oh Lordy, the pies! I think my aunt made seven different types of pies….heavenly, but decadent. After an intriguing conversation about communism and lost love, I (once again) triumphed at the Schmidt annual Chinese checkers match. (It’s all in the jumps, my friends.) It even (gasp!) SNOWED in Glen Rose. It hardly ever gets cold, and it SNOWED! How lovely.
If I stopped here, it would have been a great break. But do I? Oh no I don’t. I headed back to College Station the next day to watch the Fightin’ Texas Aggie football game against t.u. Yeah, you know where this is going. I stood in the cold, along with 88,000 other fans and watched our Aggies saw Varsity’s horns off. Yes, yes I did. Singing the War Hymn and swaying with the rest of the 12th man after beating t.u. was such an exhilarating feeling, and definitely the way I would have wanted my last Aggie football game to go.
All in all, this was a fabulous Thanksgiving break with tons of things to be grateful for. For all you Ags who didn’t get the chance to make it home this Thanksgiving, just remember, Christmas will be here sooner than you think! Only a week and a half left of school! Whoop!
So hang in there, Ags, and just remember to be thankful for all the big and little things you’ve got going for you and your family.