and here's my favorite photo from the day. Robin said something that really summed up the feelings I had. She'd been very disappointed that her 2 older girls & families couldn't come to her house. A couple of days later, though, as she was dropping off the turkey soup that she made from the carcass (yay! Robin!) she was talking about how much she enjoyed the day and we were talking about being collapsed on the sofa under a comforter at some point, Lucy, too, and then she said, "And I felt like I was with my family."
I've been thinking about why I felt so good that day --- I wasn't really on top off things when everyone arrived and I screwed up some of the stuff and I don't think any of the kids ate more than one bite of turkey--- and I think that it has to do with who my friends are and how accepting and kind we've all become with one another, and I think that comes with an accumulation of years of friendship.
It was a great group. . . . and at some point I'll have to post the photo of Michael H with his mega potato shooter (with apologies to the neighbors :-) ). I heard my California neice on the phone with her mom saying, "Do you know what they do in NH on Thanksgiving? . . . . they start a fire with hairspray and shoot potatoes across the river!" Debbie Hodge Deborah Hodge