Friendly Fill-Ins

This is a fun meme co-hosted by McGuffy’s Reader and 15 and Meowing. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

Here are the fill-in-the-blanks:

1. One Thanksgiving tradition I have is __________________________.
2. Black Friday _____________________________________________.
3. The best part about Thanksgiving Day is ______________________.
4. One Thanksgiving, ________________________________________.

Here are my responses:

One Thanksgiving tradition I have is always having turkey and dressing and cranberry sauce. Even if we don’t have all of the other foods from my childhood Thanksgivings at Granny’s house, we always have at least the turkey and dressing and cranberry sauce. We have traditionally had all of our children with us for Thanksgiving, but that hasn’t happened since 2004 when our oldest son went into the Navy. Now, we have whoever can be here to enjoy the dinner with us.

Black Friday is something that I want absolutely no part of. I don’t like shopping in stores anyway nor crowds, so you won’t find me in a store on Black Friday. I’ll be home hiding behind my computer screen or camera!

The best part of Thanksgiving Day is time with family and food and memories. I am thankful for all three!

One Thanksgiving, our first one here in Texas, David and most of the kids went to David’s mother’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. I have always been an outsider as far as she was concerned, so I stayed home so that maybe there would be less drama. In order that I wouldn’t be spending Thanksgiving home alone, Davey (our youngest son, now a Marine) stayed home with me. He was 10 years old at the time. It was a special time of bonding between the two of us. It was also a different menu that day. Instead of turkey and dressing and the usual Thanksgiving Day fare, we had pork chops because our boy loves all things pork. I can’t remember what else we had with the pork chops, probably mashed potatoes and gravy, but I do remember that it was then that I knew he would never abandon me. He would leave home some day, sure, but he would always do his best to take care of me.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!


About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native now living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have been married to David for just over 33 years. We have 4 surviving adult children and two children-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an refilling nest. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, and much, much more.
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18 Responses to Friendly Fill-Ins

  1. David E. McClendon Sr. says:

    Davey will always be there for you.

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  2. Davy D says:

    Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving to you all Suzanne. Nice to have more insight into your thoughts and I am right behind you on Black Friday.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Katie says:

    I am with you on Black Friday. I have a number of TG memories that I could choose to post about, and I may have shared them already. I love TG.

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    • I would love to read your Thanksgiving memories. I think it is the best holiday ever. 🙂 Davey told me the other day that our Thanksgiving together is one of his most treasured memories. Be still my heart. 🙂
      What is your most favorite Thanksgiving memory?
      Have a blessed day and Happy Thanksgiving!


  4. pilch92 says:

    Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. That is a sweet story about Thanksgiving with your son. I am awful in crowds, but I love the tradition my Mom and I have for shopping. And now that so many places open at midnight or 1 am, when we go at 7, there is a lull and less people than you would expect. I find the day after Christmas much worst. Have a great weekend!

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    • Thank you and Annie for co-hosting the fill-ins, Ellen. They are a lot of fun.
      I am glad that you have a tradition to enjoy with your mama. I’m glad there is a lull so that you two can really enjoy it and not get mauled by the chaotic, crazy crowds.
      Thanks! I hope that you have a great weekend, too. 🙂


  5. eschudel says:

    Sounds like what could have been a very sad memory turned out to be a day you will always cherish. There something important in that for all of us to think about! Have a wonderful day 🙂

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  6. McGuffy Ann says:

    I didn’t realize you have been Texans for that long. I thought it was a fairly recent move.
    We like the turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, too. That is my favourite!
    Your son sounds sweet. I bet you look forward to grandkids. Hugs!
    Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~

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    • We’ve been here since just before Thanksgiving 2004, so just over 12 years. This is the longest that I’ve ever lived in any one house.
      Turkey, dressing/stuffing, and cranberry sauce is the best! Granny used to make giblet gravy, too, but I don’t make that. We use the turkey gravy that comes in a jar. Thanksgiving is too important for me to mess that up. haha
      Davey is a very sweet guy, very caring. Thank you. Yes, I do look forward to grand-kids, but I fear that they will come along, if they come along, after my time here is done. I think that being a grandma would be so wonderful. My grandma name is “Moogie”, like one of the ladies on Star Trek. 🙂
      Hugs and a Happy Thanksgiving to you!


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