Thankful at Thanksgiving

As a child I was a picky eater; come to think of it, I still am. There were so many things I didn't like to eat, and the dishes served at Thanksgiving dinner were no exception.

Oh, I liked the plates just fine — Mom set the table with her fine china for the holiday meal. She also got out the fancy silver flatware that was usually kept in a velvet-lined case. Now, we didn't drink wine, or even iced tea, from crystal goblets, but at least we drank from proper tumblers and not the usual used jelly jars. We even used bread plates on the table. Now, that really was fancy.

Our dining table on Thanksgiving Day was quite a show of bounty. Mom even extracted the leaf from the buffet...