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... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Thankful

Walking down the street last night to meet my girlfriend to share Thanksgiving dinner with her, my head flooded with memories.

I had no idea as I prepared the meal that it would be my last as a married woman to my ex-husband.

Whoever coined the phrase ‘save the best for last’, was spot on.

Every thanksgiving I baked, chopped and sautéed the whole 9 yards: everything from dinner rolls made from scratch, to the various appetizers, to the turkey, to the ham, to the veggies, to the candied yams, to the mac and cheese and to the everything in between down to the glorious sweet potato, apple and lemon meringue pies.

Twenty or so friends would come by bearing gifts, a girlfriend would sing to her playbacks, anyone who could, would play the piano and we’d just have a wonderful evening! One year Mom and Dani were also on hand and it was over the top great. I remember Dani making a speech before we ate and in part saying, “I just want you all to know that my sister put her toes in this meal!”

Well, some of you might know that that means I put in massive effort and to expect a delicious dinner, but most of my German friends were looking at each other saying, “Huh?” We Frank girls laughed for days about that!

Well back to save the best for last.

That last thanksgiving in my home, I cooked for 40 people not including my husband and my son. I prepared two turkeys and everything in between from the to the to the to the. . .

I smiled last night at the memory. I asked myself if I missed all that as I headed towards my girlfriend. Hmm. . . It’s difficult to say. Those were wonderful times and I’m very thankful that I had them. But what I know for sure, is that we have to bloom where we are planted. Circumstances change and people do to. And so the best and probably only thing to do is to be thankful, really thankful for and make the best of the moment.

How Maria and I enjoyed our goose dinner!

Before we ate, we raised our glasses and told each other how thankful we are that we are in each other’s lives.

At that moment, it could not have been any better than that.

And to all you who put your toes in it yesterday, I hope you’re lifting your feet up today!

©2013 Tracie Frank Mayer