Monday, December 1, 2008

I Want to Thank You...

For a change, I returned to work after a holiday feeling well-rested. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday - all of the family without the drama of Christmas. We did miss my siblings and the "kin" and decided we were due for a trek to Coeur d'Alene . Maybe next year but for now, I am thankful for my little family - Mark and our three beautiful daughters. I'm grateful for traditions and, in my family that means a Thanksgiving hike. I recall the walks in Henry Cowell State Park when I was little, with family and friends that varied from year to year. The smell of the redwoods, the feel of a banana slug when we dared touch it. The aroma l of the turkey roasting (when the oven timer was set correctly) when we walked through the door. The fight for the showers when we knew we had ventured too near the poison oak.
In our family, we have added a mid-hike snack and photo break. The food pack seldom varies: Ritz crackers, oranges (preferably mandarins) and (ugh!) Easy Cheese. Yes, that nasty stuff in the can that they SAY is real cheese. Once a year, I am required to buy it to appease the crowd. Any guest (there is always at least one) is included in our family photo, an expected addition to our Christmas card. Also required, training the guest in the "thinking pose" - I think he's got it! Devil Dog (Vince) seems entranced with the blinking light on my camera timer.

5 comments:

Big City Poz said...

Hiking? What a great tradition...and what a beautiful family!

Monica... That One Girl said...

Dog? I thought he was a seeing-eye pony!

Man, I look tall in the family photo. Gonna have to save that one. :-)

Indie said...

You guys are so dang cute!

EkoVox said...

Ummmmmm, Cheez Whiz, Easy Cheese.....It comes in Nacho flavor, too.

Kristabel said...

Aaaaaw! Will you adopt me please?

Hey, was I imagining things, or did you guys walk right by me at Arts Alive? I tried to catch you, but you were too quick.