My family is small to begin with, and most recent Thanksgivings since my father died have been way too small. But yesterday we put an extra leaf in the big table and timed dinner so my sons' girlfriends could join us after their own family dinners. So we had Greg, Kayla, Peter, Emily, Laura, wotw, his daughter Cayley and her friend Ron, and me. (Yeah, I know some people have 30 for Thanksgiving, but this was big for us.) For my part, it was all family-of-choice and utterly delightful. The kids were off school Wednesday so I took the day off too, and we made pumpkin, apple, and chocolate pies; squash, and cranberry relish. I went to the grocery store for the fourth time in four days (oops) but it wasn't even that bad. Yesterday we made stuffing and roasted turkey and mashed potatoes and toasted almonds for the green beans and whipped cream and then ate too much. I am thankful for it all, the family and friends and food.