Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving in Arkansas

Well, crew, I'll be leaving tomorrow for Arkansas to spend Thanksgiving with my mom. She has not been in the best of health so I really need to see her. I'm feeling guilty about not making it up this past summer. I won't be returning until Sunday, and it's quite likely I won't be back to blogging until Monday or Tuesday. Mom doesn't have any kind of internet connection and the library where I sometimes access email and such while I'm there won't be open over the holidays. I imagine I can manage.

One funny thing. I talked to my brother tonight about picking me up at the airport, and he asked me if my favorite pie was chocolate. Apparently, someone in the family is thinking of baking me a pie. Score! The funny part is that about ten years ago my mom decided that chocolate had always been my favorite pie, and even though I tell her each year that it is actually lemon, I have not shaken her chocolate conviction. I always get a big kick out of that. And if I have to eat a fresh chocolate pie, well, I suppose I'll just have to suffer!

The things we do for family!

See you all when I return, and happy Thanksgiving!
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49 comments:

ivan said...

Bon voyage, Arkansas traveller.

eric1313 said...

I second that.

You will have plenty to write about when you get back, I'd wager.

the walking man said...

Suffer for your pie and not your art says I.

G said...

The things that we do (high sugar, increased weight, feeling satisfied) in order to keep harmony within the family.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Have a great holiday, Uncle Charlie.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Isn't it funny how these little mistakes become family legend over time. Best to you and yours,

Laurie Powers said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Charles - to both you and Lana - and have a safe trip.

writtenwyrdd said...

Have a wonderful holiday and visit with your mom, Charles.

Paul R. McNamee said...

Have a good holiday!

X. Dell said...

Chocolate's good for you. Mom always knows best.

Have a good and safe trip. I'll be enjoying my family at home as well.

Tom Bailey said...

That is funny how you shared how they think your favorite pie is chocolate. Sometimes what people want to be YOUR favorite is the easiest type or the type of food they know how to make or they like themselves.

But you do not sound overly disappointed with chocolate.

Have a great day with your family!

Greg Schwartz said...

have a great Thanksgiving!

Natasha Fondren said...

Happy THanksgiving, Charles and Lana! I hope it's a good one! With chocolate AND lemon pie. :-)

ArtSparker said...

Maybe you can sneak out for a slice of lemon pie...

SQT said...

Happy Thanksgiving Charles. I can relate to the chocolate pie story. You must have enjoyed a chocolate pie when you were a kid and your mom never forgot. I think it's sweet that they want to do something special for you.

Voidwalker said...

Yes, Chocolate can be very convicting hehe.

Have a safe trip and hopefully you can get the most out of seeing your mother during this tough time.

P.S. I tried to take a look at your books at the Borders Bookstore I go to and they had to order them :( I guess I'll have to wait to thumb through and see em in person.

sage said...

Travel safely... If you don't want that pie, send some this way!

laughingwolf said...

safe trip, best to your mom, and happy turkey day!

Mary Witzl said...

Hey, I'd be strong over that pie issue too. I might even go truly virtuous and have TWO pieces.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Randy Johnson said...

Pumpkin's my favorite, but I could live with chocolate.

You guys have a good weekend visiting with your family.

Scott said...

Charles,

Have a safe trip, and you, Lana, and your family have a great Thanksgiving.

Miladysa said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you all - have a wonderful time!

I don't think I have ever seen a chocolate pie :)

Michelle's Spell said...

Happy Thanksgiving, buddy! Enjoy the pie, chocolate or lemon. All sounds good!

Richard Prosch said...

Best wishes indeed. What did you take along on holiday to read?

Chris Gruber said...

Pie. Mmm. Score.

Erik Donald France said...

Hey, happy congrats and T-Bird Day and may the Lions roar, even if I also like their opponents.

I know what you mean about feeling guilty -- also didn't see my folks this past summer and may not get there to see 'em in NC until next year. Cheers, man, to you and Lana and yours'

L.A. Mitchell said...

Safe travels, Charles. How big of you to take one for the team ;)

Cloudia said...

Aloha & Happy Thanksgiving, Friend!


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Chandrika Shubham said...

Have a great holiday. Have fun with family. :)

Bernita said...

Chocolate pie...oooh, it so sucks to be you!
Happy Thanks, Charles.

BernardL said...

Have a safe one, my friend.

benjibopper said...

Ha, must be something about moms with adult sons. Mine is convinced that carrot is my favourite cake. Carrot?! [It's actually...chocolate.]

Jack said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a good trip. I would eat a chocolate pie for anybody.

H.E.Eigler said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I hope you have a wonderful trip :)

Steve Malley said...

Could be worse: no matter how many times I tell my mom that my career's in art, she still insists I'm going to be a doctor... :)

Happy Thanksgiving, and have a good time with your family!

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Who can choose - chocolate, lemon, apple, pumpkin, pecan ...

Let's have tiny slices of them all until we explode ...

Happy Thanksgiving, CG - trust all goes well with Mom.

tattytiara said...

Well since you'll be back when you read this I'll past tense it and say I hope you had a happy and safe trip!

jennifer said...

I bet your chocolate pie was delicious (pecan pie is my favorite but chocolate sounds awfully darn good).

I'm glad you got to spend time with your mother. I hope your Thanksgiving was great!

Lana Gramlich said...

...miss you. <:(

ivan said...

Benjibopper,

Even old Freud said that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. By extension, a chocolate cake is just a chocolate cake.
And watching Howdy -Doody in my youth (it was Howdy-Doody that dunnit to me!) I can't get that stupid phrase out of my head: "Nestle's makes the very best...CHOCOLATE"

Rick said...

Can you say hi to my family in Heber Springs while you're out that way? Best to you guys this Thanksgiving. See you later in the week same blog place same blog time.

cs harris said...

Hope you're having a good visit with family, Charles. See you Monday?

Middle Ditch said...

Enjoy your stay and enjoy your choc pie and mum.

MarmiteToasty said...

Safe travels, I expect your mum will be mega chufted to see you.... pie or no pie :)..... jebus we LOVE chocolate in any shape or form in this house lol

I use to have an Auntie that every crimbo would buy me a box of licorice alsorts..... for some reason she had it in her head that they were me favourite.... I HATED them lol..... I love winegums LOL.... but she always seem so happy when she gave me my wrapped box of sweets, how could one say they was not to ones liking :)

x

jodi said...

Charles, I too, am making the pilgrimage to the "motherland". Enjoy the holiday, Mom and the chocolate pie. YUM!

ivan said...

Ah, Hobson's choice.

It's no better at the top, and belive me, I've been there.
Father used to say, "You're rich and still neurotic."
I kinda liked erotic. Ah. Fat bottom girls make the world go 'round.

ivan said...

Oh damn.

I think I lost my marbles.

That was meant to go into Eric 1313's blog. My bad.

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the good wishes. I'll be visiting blogs soon.

Rachel said...

Just catching up on some of my blog reading. You know it took years of me being obnoxious about it for people to understand that while I love chocolate candy, my favorite cake is lemon cake. But like you, I'm not gonna argue if someone's gonna make one for me.