Monday, August 1st, 2011
Every year for Thanksgiving, Vanderbilt University gives a free turkey to all of its employees; unless you’re a vegetarian. To be clear, my wife and I are not full vegetarians; though the majority of our meals are indeed meatless.
If this makes any sense, our diet reflects a kosher version of the Mediterranean food pyramid. Needless to say, last November right as our son was about to be born, my wife received her free Tofurky, instead of a regular turkey. However, because he was born so close to Thanksgiving last year, we never cooked our Tofurky.
It has remained in a friend’s freezer for nearly nine months, until this past weekend. We decided to have a very belated Thanksgiving dinner… with a “turkey” made of tofu. But that’s not all. A Tofurky comes with stuffing, gravy, a “jerky wishbone,” and even a chocolate cake dessert.
Since Jack’s 7 o’clock bedtime prevented him from joining the festivities, he instead had some zucchini and pears that my wife prepared for him with our Baby Bullet. Jack will turn one a few weeks before Thanksgiving, so maybe he will get to try some of the real bird… or some of the fake bird, I should say.
So what was I thankful to God for during our Thanksgiving in July this past weekend?
That both my wife and I were able to return to our employers here in Nashville after an eight month sabbatical which we thought was a permanent move. Not only that, but the fact that both of us are truly enjoying our jobs with a newfound appreciation.
That we were able to get Jack into a really good daycare which is right down the block from where I work.
That despite my wife’s car breaking down for the 14th time, we didn’t get totally stranded in the process; and that my parents are letting us borrow a car from them until we can get my wife’s car fixed.
I am thankful for friends who are gracious enough to allow my family of three to stay with them for the next couple of months until our renters move out of our condo.
And of course, I am thankful for my wife and son whom I can share a July Thanksgiving meal which includes an eight month old Tofurky. Thank God for them and all that God has taught me through them so far.
Now that July has passed, I need to get ready for Christmas in August…