5 condolences: Thanksgiving

My first Thanksgiving at Legacy.com, my co-worker Linnea and I were both scheduled to work (Legacy.com is open 365 days/year).  Holidays are a time when we usually spend time with family, eating good food and reminiscing about happy times together.  I had moved to Chicago a year earlier, and it was my first Thanksgiving away from my family back in California.  I was feeling a little homesick and sad about missing Thanksgiving.  Linnea and I decided we should get together after work to have our own Thanksgiving feast.  Since Linnea’s a vegetarian, we skipped the turkey and just cooked traditional Thanksgiving side dishes.  I came over to Linnea’s apartment and together we made her mom’s stuffing and her family’s fruit soup, and my favorite green bean casserole and candied sweet potatoes.  I’m pretty sure we had rolls somewhere in there, and probably a few other side dishes, and we finished off with delicious pumpkin custard.  In between preparing and eating each dish, we watched cheesy movies and drank peach Arbor Mist wine.  It was one of my favorite Thanksgivings ever, and it felt like I was with family.

This week we share 5 condolence messages about Thanksgiving feasts and gatherings:

  1. When I think of Aunt Jo, I see images of her laughing and smiling when our families would be sharing fun times together. I’ll never forget Thanksgiving dinners where we always had both a Turkey and Lasagna. We were so stuffed that the men often had to loosen their belts to finish the second course. [Published in The Record and Herald News]
  2. Sometimes the best thing to do is to remember all the good times. Like every Thanksgiving dinner—”hey Pops, do you want pumpkin pie or pecan pie”? “I want both, but can I have some more turkey first”? There’s just something about that you gotta love, and we all did love him. [Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal]
  3. The happiest Thanksgiving celebrations we ever had were at your house. Even though we haven’t been able to be together on that day in many years, we include many of your recipes in the celebration we have at our own house. We try to be as gracious and loving hosts as you were. We never fail to think of you and JL on Thanksgiving day and many other days and be thankful for you. [Published in The Greenville News]
  4. I will forever cherish the memories I have from spending Thanksgiving with your family. I remember your mom made a special sign for me that said “Welcome Lindsey” at the door. She went out of her way to make me feel at home when I could not be at home with my own family for the holidays. [Published in Chicago Tribune]
  5. One of my fondest memories of you goes back to our celebration of Thanksgiving with you at our home in Palos Verdes about 1980 or 81. We found out that the gorgeous standing rib roast that your cousin Dorothy (my wife) bought for the celebration was spoiled and not edible. Problem was we didn’t find that out until about noon on T’day. All the stores and restaurants were closed for the holiday except for the local 7/11. So the best main course we could muster for the holiday dinner was several cans of spam to go with all of the other fancier dishes that were a part of the meal. I remember you telling me afterward that the event was a triumph and an unqualified success because “in life, if you fall down ten times, then you just have to pick yourself up eleven.” That is how I will always remember you best Jim. As the guy who made the best of every situation, had a great time doing it, and unfailingly did it with a contagious “ear-to-ear Jim smile.” [Published by Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park & Mortuary]

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About Katie

I joined Legacy.com in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at Legacy.com is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie, and playing with our hound dogs, Mugsy and Bo Jangles.
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