6 years ago
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Halloween Half-Price, Christmas in the Garden Center. . .Turkey in the Grocery
It was a Turkey! He could never have stood upon his legs, that bird. He would have snapped 'em short off in a minute, like sticks of sealing wax. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843)
Auntie and I hit that fearsome Wally World today. Halloween items--a lot of them--hung forlornly on a half-price rack. The garden center, meantime, is in the process of being turned into a Christmas wonderland of trees, decorations, figurines, and cards.
Only in the grocery section is there much sign of Thanksgiving as yet--in a main-aisle freezer the two ends are already emptying of frozen turkeys, some of them fully as big as Dickens's fictitious bird.
I've never cooked a turkey that large. For one thing, Mom and I could never eat that much turkey, and for another, my sister has for many years now insisted on doing all the cooking for Thanksgiving. She most likely will do so again this year, although I may take a vegetable dish.
Granted that I was hungry when we walked past those big birds. But I swear I could smell turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie--and my mouth watered.