A few hours later it was time to eat so we returned to his mother’s home and met another 15 or so more relatives. I took a seat next to my sweetie at the table and settled in to enjoy my first Thanksgiving meal with my new family…
It started out like this:
Afterward, the women cleared away the first course and the men and children went into the living room to watch the game – I accompanied them since I was a guest.
Once again the women of the family got up, removed everyone’s dishes, headed into the kitchen to clean up the aftermath of the holiday dinner. The men, children (and I) returned to the living room and football. 15 minutes later out came the women calling us back to the table. Ahhh, a familiar dessert I hoped! We settled back into our places around the table and out came
Hmmm, now I was definitely confused. Soup. At the END of the meal instead of dessert. I’d never heard of such a thing. These New York Italians, had they never heard of the Pilgrims, Squanto and the corn? Pocahontas and Pumpkin Pie? Talk about backwards… This was crazy. No turkey, and now soup for dessert.
Not wanting to make waves I proceeded to slurp to the bottom of the bowl. Aha, I discovered what happened to the turkey… These crazy Italians didn’t roast it, they put it into the SOUP! Unbelievable. But, I was a polite guest and said not a word. Perhaps, I could get a slice of pie somewhere at the airport.
Once again, the ladies cleared the table, we returned to the football game. Uh-oh. We were called back to the table. I didn’t even bother to wonder, by this time I was overly full, bloated and just wanted somewhere to lie down and rest. The bowls being placed on the table now contained
One more time, I wondered to myself – SALAD? At the END of the meal?? Too confusing for my little WASPY pea-brain to contemplate – again, I just ate what was on my plate.
Hopefully, for the last time, the men, children and I left the table while the women cleared the dishes to the kitchen. Would this day - this MEAL – ever end???
Nope, back to the table once again. Only now it was filled with dishes of