Trust me, you don't want my cooking. But my mother-in-law is an excellent cook and hosts Thanksgiving each year. She's from Slovania and has a fascinating life story.
Back when her home was known as Yugoslavia and was under communist rule, she was smuggled out of the country to relatives in France. From there, she was sent on to Canada where there was an arranged marriage waiting for her. She was 16 years old.
She stayed in that marriage hoping love would grow, but it never did. Fortunately, she had a wonderful daughter to love and is now a loving grandmother. She's back in Canada visiting them as we speak.
For her, hard work has never been a burden...it's just part of life. I admire so many things about her, and I'm glad she finally found love. My father-in-law has just been through a bout of Cancer. A brilliant new treatment saved his life and he's now cancer free. I'd never heard of it before, but I haven't kept up with the medical advances that have occurred over the last 9 years since I worked as a nurse. I expect we'll be celebrating a little more this Thanksgiving.
Now, your recipe--one I learned from my mother-in-law...
2 cups of courage
1 cup of hope
Mix with hard work geared to individual taste
A heaping teaspoon of determination
Maybe a pinch of luck (optional)
and sprinkle liberally with a positive attitude.
All that with a side of gratitude will make your Thanksgiving wonderful.