I’m watching you on the baby monitor while I write this; a Blessed to be called Nana shirt and one tiny foot poking out of the blanket, your chest rising and falling with the lull of sleep, completely content in the little world that surrounds you. Today was your first Thanksgiving, and nothing went like I had planned. You’ll learn soon enough that your Mama is a planner, and everything about this day was structured to create a memorable first Thanksgiving, with pictures of you in a flannel shirt and a bib that said something like “Mama’s Little Turkey.” I had bought a table runner and placemats to go with the coral dishes I had chosen, small blue mason jars holding succulent plants and a name card would stand at each person’s place, a blue vase already stood in the middle of the table ready to be filled with the sunflower arrangement I would select when I picked up the preordered holiday meal on Thanksgiving morning.
Blessed to be called Nana shirt, ladies t-shirt, v-neck t-shirt, hoodie and sweater
Best Blessed to be called Nana shirt
I had cocktail napkins that said “Thankful” and Blessed to be called Nana shirt. I practiced the table setting and stacked every plate, cup, napkin, and piece of silverware on the buffet in the dining room. It has been a strange time for your family and this holiday was going to be hard on us all for different reasons, and I was glad to have both of our mothers with us during this time. Our family traditionally gathered at my Nana’s house in Mississippi, but this year there was too much heartbreak and separation, and we were in Phoenix, so far away from trying to rally anyone together to make it seem like it always had. So, we had invited your grandmothers and your Aunt Jessie to be with us here in Arizona. We would start a new tradition, and it was going to be fun, dammit.