It's Thanksgiving Eve, after 9 PM and some of the residents are winding down for the evening. I thought we'd just check out what some of them are up to.
Grayson and Brenna have fallen asleep on the sofa.
Parker: Hello, Ember.
Ember: Hi, Parker. I'm sorry I missed your call.
Parker: No problem. I didn't mean to disturb you. I understand you must have been busy.
Ember: Well, I'm just settling down for the evening, so not busy any more. How are you?
Parker: I'm well. How are you this evening?
Ember: Good. So what's going on?
Parker: Nothing important. I just thought I would call and see how things are.
Ember: My mother arrived today and not a minute too soon either. She and Aunt Tandra are doing most of the cooking tomorrow.
Ember: That's so nice Avery is cooking. It's also nice your father will be visiting.
Parker: Yes, I haven't seen him in a while.
Ember: Does Avery cook a huge meal?
Parker: She cooks a small turkey, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, string beans and rolls. We have desserts too, like pumpkin pie with ice cream.
Ember: I love pie, but we normally have sweet potato pie, cheesecake, and anything else Syren grabs at the store. She's usually assigned dessert.
Parker (laughing): Are you implying she's not allowed to cook?
Parker: Oh. What is your specialty?
Ember: Hmmm...Good question. I make a mean potato salad, a requested macaroni salad and delicious deviled eggs. Well, those are my normal contributions, although I'd do a great job with the greens and a few other things. But when my mother or Aunt Tandra are around, you feel like a child again. So you just get out of their way and contribute what they allow you to make.
Parker: I guess you just get your assignment and that's it?
Ember: Pretty much.
Parker: Do you have any Thanksgiving Day traditions?
Parker: When I was younger we did. But now I just wait for the football game to come on. Avery doesn't exactly enjoy it, but she suffers through because Craig watches it too.
Ember: Poor Avery. I hope you and Craig appreciate her sacrifice.
Parker: We do. We always clean up and do the dishes. We also try to get her excited about what's going on, but that doesn't seem to work. She'll bring out her laptop if she's really bored. I think she starts her online shopping for Christmas. It's pretty obvious when she starts asking questions.
Parker: Unfortunately, I'm that guy who isn't always sure what to buy, so I go to the store and the salespeople have to help me figure it out. I get them to wrap for me too whenever possible.
Ember: I like shopping in person at the store, but online is pretty good. You also need to research, especially for the best price.
Ember: That would probably help.
Parker: Maybe this year you could go with me and help me shop. It may go faster or, at the very least, I can get your opinion instead of driving the sales people crazy.
Ember (smiling): I could do that. Just let me know and I'll show you how to really shop...like a pro.
Parker: I'd like that.
Parker: That's a good idea.
Parker and Ember continue chatting. Meanwhile, at the Hamilton's, Avery is having a snack.
Avery: I was hungry so I'm having a snack and watching TV. Were you waiting for me?
Craig: Sort of. I mean, you don't have to watch TV with me, but I just wanted to be sure you're okay. Especially after you were sick a little earlier.
Avery: It comes with the territory. Thank you for checking, but I'm fine. Just hungry.
Craig (looking at the food and two drinks in front of her): From the spread on the table, you look ravenous.
Craig: I know you have a bigger appetite right now, and I don't want to tell you what to do. But you have to watch what you eat, Ave. Just a little indulgence every so often.
Avery: I know.
Avery: I know. It doesn't help that I'm cooking a big dinner tomorrow either. But, Honey, I'm just hungry right now and this is what I want.
Craig: Okay. I won't say anything else.
Craig walks over to the refrigerator.
Craig: We're going through this pregnancy together, so I'm joining you. If you end up gaining a little more and have to lose it, we can do it together. Then you can't tell me I don't understand what you're going through. We'll going to go through it together.
Avery (touching his back gently): Thank you. That's the sweetest thing you could say to me right now.
Craig: Mmm...I hope there are still some chips in that can.
Well, it looks like everyone is just waiting for Thanksgiving to arrive. They have asked to not have dinner made public this year (it wasn't last year either), so we'll just let everyone enjoy the day off and time with family and friends. We hope you will do the same.
Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Jaye and the Gang