Every year, as Jeff grudgingly helps me roll out hundreds of homemade potato rolls, he tries to tempt me into skipping the hard work this year and just getting my rolls from Costco. It took me a couple of years to put into words the reason why I will never do that.
Making everything from scratch on Thanksgiving is a tradition that makes me feel connected to my family. I'm making the same recipes that I remember from my childhood. I plan on teaching my children those same recipes, and hope they will teach them to their children. Making homemade rolls and pies is a skill that could easily be lost and forgotten in a generation, but it won't be my generation.
At least once a year I will spend time cooking with my mom, my sisters, and my children. I will hand down those skills along with the recipes. And hopefully, in that process, I will hand down the wonderful, secure feeling that I associate with our Thanksgiving feast.
Grandma and Grandpa Webb, daughters Andrea and Virginia (Mom)
Thanksgiving 2005 – Descendants of Grandma and Grandpa Webb