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Happy Thanksgiving everyone

November 25, 2009 - Michael Palmer
This Thanksgiving will be the first without Mom. For the past fifty years she was the matriarch of the Palmer and Visintainer clans. Her house was the gathering place for the holiday she held most special, just behind Christmas. She cooked for days, laboring over her pots, pans and a hot stove; enjoying every minute.

The kitchen was her domain and the recipes she inherited from her father and aunts were always envied by other Turkey Day chefs. She had not been able to learn from her mother, she inherited the cooking duties as a sophomore in high school when her mother, Ida Mae, known affectionately as Edith, died suddenly.

We are therefore thankful that we had her with us for 83 years of love and wisdom. My niece shares in her pain, losing her mother during her junior year of high school. She also will not be home for the holidays, their family is living in Washington state where her husband is stationed in the Army.

In addition to that void, daughter Phylicia is still living in Jackson, Ohio without a phone and who knows what else. Perhaps we will get a phone call from her and find out if they had enough money to afford a Thanksgiving dinner and maybe hear some gibberish from Zoey. She enjoys talking on the phone, a rare treat in her home.

On a happier note, son Tony returned from Omaha, Nebraska for Thanksgiving. He brought along his significant other Jennifer. For this we are truly thankful.

We will travel to my sister’s house for dinner and then to my mother-in-laws house for a supper feast. My sister is attempting to make an Italian holiday meatball soup that has been a holiday staple in our family for generations. We shall see if the apple fell very far from the tree. It is my turn to attempt these treats for Christmas dinner, which we will celebrate at my Dad’s house.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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