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Thanksgiving… Already? And What Does It Have To Do With Quantum Physics?

November 27, 2013

I don’t think anyone is new to the idea that, the older you get, the faster the years go by.  It’s an odd, chronological phenomenon that really can’t be explained through normal scientific methods.  I think it’s got something to do with quantum physics, since apparently things can simultaneously exist in more than one state.  Time exists in one state when viewed by the youngster who waits interminably for some magic age, whether it’s 10, 13, 18, or 21.  It exists in an altogether different state for those of us looking back at the days when we waited interminably for some magic age.

Whatever it is, I can’t believe it’s been almost seven months since I was passing up shots on the turkeys because they were, literally, poking around in my driveway.  Now I want to invite one over for Thanksgiving dinner, and they’re nowhere to be found.

Yeah.  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving day.

It’s not quite the holiday it was when I was a youngster.  It used to mean a week off from school, which usually translated into at least a couple of days freezing my toes off in an old pair of Red Ball, rubber boots, while listening to the hounds chase deer through the Black River swamps.

Those were some pretty precious times with my dad, I remember… and the memories, while they certainly include (vividly) the ache and tingling of frozen feet, more prominently feature the warmth of the front seat of his little Toyota Corolla wagon on the early morning drive to the hunting camp, and the comforting aromas of coffee, pipe tobacco, and gun oil (Hoppe’s #9, of course) mingling with the uniquely earthy smell of our canvas hunting coats.

But I’m drifting.  Here I was, talking about tomorrow and all that other stuff was years ago when three or four generations of family all lived within a short drive of one another.  My dad’s gone now, as are my grandparents and a couple of uncles.  Cousins have married and moved on, and I’ve moved a couple thousand miles away from the home place.  Those big family gatherings are little more than fond reminiscences now.

To my grandfather, family was the most important thing.  A true, southern patriarch, he presided over the holiday table with a pretty stern, albeit unspoken, expectation that everyone would be there.  And everyone usually was.  Thanksgiving at Paw-Paw’s house was a generally raucous affair with siblings and cousins and aunts and uncles… babies and old-timers and everything in between.  His big, formal dining room was focused around a banquet-sized table that was always laden with enough food to feed a small country.  Turkey and ham graced the center, along with all sorts of vegetables and casseroles.  Pies and cakes burdened the sideboard, protected from the illicit tresspass of larcenous fingers by Paw-Paw’s stern and watchful gaze.

I guess I’m getting a little maudlin here, but I also can’t help remembering how those family gatherings grew for so many years, and then declined as us young’uns got older, started families of our own and started to scatter around the countryside.  Then, as so often happens, came the deaths of the older generation.  When my grandfather passed away, the family tried to keep things going but it was never the same.

And here I am, looking at tomorrow and a table set for three… Kat, myself, and our friend Diana.  My daughter and her mom are up in CA, planning dinner with some neighbors.  My mom will be joining my youngest brother and his family in NC.  And those cousins and their extended families… I’m barely even in touch these days.

At least Christmas usually brings most of us back together, and as I look at it now, it’s right around the corner.  I’ll barely have the Thanksgiving leftovers gone before we’re packing up for the long haul back to NC.

From past to future, while sitting in the present… strange, huh?

Thanks for bearing with me.

 

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4 Responses to “Thanksgiving… Already? And What Does It Have To Do With Quantum Physics?”

  1. David on November 27th, 2013 12:44

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Phillip. Thanks for the stories on the blog to keep us company out here in cyber-land.

  2. JAC on November 27th, 2013 15:11

    That’s a lovely post, Phillip.

  3. Neecie on November 27th, 2013 22:32

    wish you could join us here in NC big brother. Been a while since we shared Turkey day together. Very nice post. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Phillip on November 29th, 2013 08:11

    Thanks,all.

    David, I’m just glad you good folks enjoy reading the tales, from time to time. Sorry it hasn’t been more consistent of late, but that’s just the way things are, I guess.

    Neecie, I’m looking forward to our first Thanksgiving in Tejas! I can already see a table loaded with venison and wild turkey!

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