Continuing Traditions

When I called in to one of the caregiving shows and spoke to Denise and Bette about the holidays, I said that we have turkey plates we always use on Thanksgiving. Denise asked me to blog about our tradition.

I think these plates have been in our family for over 40 years.  As I recall,  my Mom purchased them at The Pottery Shack in Laguna Beach, CA. They were stored in the bottom of the family china cabinet, and I think they were used only for Thanksgiving.  I don’t think they were used for any other dinner all year. On the back of the plates it says they were made in, “California, U.S.”

When my Mom passed away, I gave the plates to my oldest brother and his wife.  They entertained more than I did, and I was trying to be generous.  The next year, we were having several of Steve’s family members over for Thanksgiving, so I asked if I could borrow the plates.  My sister in law said I could keep the plates (yeah!) and that they are roosters, not turkeys.  (Nope!  They are “turkey plates” no matter what might actually be pictured on the plates!)

Not only do we have four turkey plates, we also have what I call divided serving dish that I make sure to use as well.  I use the same dish for cranberry sauce that my Mom always used.  Thanksgivings past definitely join us at the table.

Our apple tree has been very prolific this year.  There have been enough apples to eat, make a pie, enjoy in quesadilla, and give to friends, neighbors, and family.  I don’t usually worry about what to do for a centerpiece for Thanksgiving.  This year I worried even less.  We had a large amount of apples we had picked from our tree, plus a couple of lemons.  I put all of these on a platter that had been Steve’s grandmother’s and put them in the center of the table.  To the side you will see a small rattan trivet with one apple.  This is in memory of my Dad.  He ate an apple a day, but at room temperature.  Since he didn’t like to eat cold apples, each morning he would take one out of the refrigerator and it on the trivet to warm up.  When my Dad passed away and we were cleaning out his apartment, our son said we had to take Pop-Pop’s apple trivet.  It permanently resides on our dining room table and is used at dinner each night.

I enjoy having a table full of family who are there with us as well as those we bring to the table through our traditions.

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About G-J

I am a caregiver for my 59-year-old husband, Steve, who was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment in December 2009. His employer put him on disability and he had to retire one year later when he couldn't return to work. I am also the mother to our son who is now a high school senior. We have a cat, Sagwa, who rounds out our family. In addition to blogging here, I volunteer at my son's high school in the scholarship office, teach a class I created called, "Keep Your Brain Buff" at our city's Senior Center, lead a writing group at the Alzheimer's Association, and advocate for people with all types of dementia. In November, I will be participating in my third Walk to End Alzheimer's.

2 thoughts on “Continuing Traditions

  1. Avatar of DeniseDenise

    I love this! I love your plates and am so glad you have them! They belong to you, which is why they came back. I agree–such a wonderful way to keep everyone at the table. :)


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