To my complete and utter joy, I’m not responsible for any of the main dishes this Thanksgiving, so when it comes to the meal itself, I’m mainly going to be eating and not apologizing for the dryness or coldness of anything I prepared. I’ll also be responsible for my toddler, and I can already picture some of the things I'll end up thinking when my kid is eating thanksgiving dinner. At least I'll be prepared, right?
I’m somewhat hesitant to write that my son is a pretty good eater, since I definitely don't want to jinx it. However, I'm choosing to think positively (that's what the holiday season is all about, right?) and hope that his normal habits will continue when it's time to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. This will be my son’s third thanksgiving, though technically it’s only the second one he’s been able to enjoy, because infants can’t really do turkey and stuffing (trust me). To be honest, I’m looking forward to it more than I have previous years. We’ll probably dress him up, we’ll go to his grandparents’ house, we’ll eat delicious food, and we’ll enjoy the day a little more than we would if he were old enough to ask questions about the holiday’s questionable origins.
In other words, I'm going to appreciate Thanksgiving with a toddler when I can and for as long as I can. That means I'm going to have a few thoughts throughout the day, while making mental notes of the good times (and bad), and I have a feeling that thinking train will look something like this: