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Thanksgiving at my parents

I’m at my parents for Thanksgiving.  My kids like visiting because it’s their grandparents and because there is so much to do in Utah.  5 minutes from the house is an indoor waterslide community pool we go to every other day while here.  I try and do laps part of the time until I realize that I don’t really know how to swim and get embarrassed.

I like visiting because my mom takes complete control.  I don’t cook or do laundry.  On the last day there, I clean the sheets and the bathroom, but the rest of the time, I can do nothing.  (I even go home with all the clothes clean.) It used to bother me because I was the youngest and I thought this treatment meant I didn’t know how to do anything.  Now, I don’t care if that’s what this treatment means because I don’t have to DO anything.

However, Thanksgiving comes and I can get some flack (from siblings who do not know how to milk the system) for not contributing to the meal.  Nevermind that I drove 8 hours to attend, but everyone else brings something and if I don’t, comments are made.  Alas, I’m staying at my mom’s.  So I could buy all the ingredients for the green bean casserole, but by the time I awoke on Thanksgiving, it would be made.  I could buy rhodes rolls and put them out to rise but mom would put them in the oven.

So tomorrow I’m buying some rolls some other people made and I think I’ll make a pie.  But my mom will probably bake it.


  1. Elena Aitken says:

    Ah…I love visiting mom and dad! It’s how they show their love really, so it would be mean and wrong to fight the system.
    Go with it. AND…Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Rebecca Stanfel says:

    I like this post a lot. It reminds me of my own visits home. I used to try and prove my independence and self-sufficient–until I had a kid and discovered self-sufficiency is deeply overrated when it comes to laundry and cooking. I think it’s awesome that you let yourself and your kids be taken care of. I bet it makes your Mom happy too . You’re the mother to 3 young children. You totally deserve a few days without laundry duty.

    Happy Thanksgiving,

  3. We must have the same Mom…..

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