It’s all about the bird today.


Okay … I’ll concede that family and friends breaking bread together is important too, but, it seems like that lip-smacking turkey does take center stage, doesn’t it?

How did your Thanksgiving Day go – did you gobble ‘til you wobbled?  Time for a long walk then if you did!

Hopefully, the clan of family and friends who gathered at your holiday table are the same smiling faces as the previous year, and there are no empty seats or missing loved ones.

Being an only child, I never knew the joy of a large family, plus, my parents had very few living family members, all which are gone now.

Actually, our Thanksgiving Day was pretty low key when I was growing up.  Because Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated in October, it isn’t the official kickoff to the entire holiday season like it is here in the States, so, back then it was more about celebrating the harvest and giving thanks.  It also was a welcome long holiday weekend – no school for me, and a day off work for my father, so we did the usual trip to Grandma’s house in Toronto for our feast.  Nanny made the ham dinner and trimmings and my mom always brought the sweets.  In perusing the old family photo albums, I’ve never seen any Thanksgiving Day pictures, so I guess I’ll have to just conjure up those images in my head.

My morning journey was in a near-empty Council Point Park, surrounded by the usual critters.  I hope they were warmer than I was, because it was cold and blustery out as I walked those loops. I thought of all the turkeys roasting in people’s ovens, those warm turkey drumsticks and thighs, but my own thighs got beet red from the cold air that infiltrated my sweatpants!  Note to self: dig out your tights tomorrow morning to wear under your sweatpants.

I walked along, enjoying the peace and solitude before heading home, having garnered a whopping six miles … I sure was on a roll wasn’t I?  I am thankful for my good health and the ability to walk those six miles – I know not everyone is as fortunate health wise, so I never take my good health for granted – ever.

I hope you were blessed to be surrounded by family and friends today and you took the time to make some special memories for this Thanksgiving 2017.

Happy Thanksgiving.

[Image by Kaz (Creative Commons) from Pixabay]

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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2 Responses to It’s all about the bird today.

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………..I guess there wouldn’t be anyone walking today because the walkers are most likely to be the “cookers” in their families while the rest were still sleeping…………..the turkey was being ready to climb into the oven for a long roast…………………your giving me a hint on how I should dress for tomorrow morning’s walk


    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi Ann Marie – I am sure you are right that the “cookers” had to forego another walk to work on the big dinner … well, the weatherman says it might be warmer this afternoon if that’s any consolation, but I prefer to walk in the morning. I have to paint again downstairs – second coat –
      then will go for a walk. I did look for leotards and also found some wool one-piece leg warmers so I’ll wear them – it was very blustery at the Park yesterday.


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