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ANDERSON DENTAL CARE Nathan Brooks, DDS, Inc.
7525 STATE RD., STE. A, CINCINNATI, OH 45255 | 513-438-8152 | WWW.ATOWNDENTAL.COM | NOVEMBER 2019
ORANGE ROLLS AND MONOPOLY WHAT MAKES FOR THE PERFECT THANKSGIVING FEAST
When the holiday season rolls around each year, I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic. Celebrating all the festivities as an adult comes with its own sentimentality and excitement, but every year, when my wife and I sit down to make plans, I find myself daydreaming about my family traditions when I was a kid. Whenever I think about Thanksgiving, I think of my grandparents. For years, we would wake up on the fourth Thursday of the month, get dressed, and head to their house, ready to stuff our faces with a tasty Thanksgiving feast. During my childhood and teen years, my grandparents only lived a couple blocks away, so spending the holidays with them never required a lot of travel. I had a group of cousins, though, who would make the six-hour trek every year. The food was just that good! We had two main dishes everyone just couldn’t get enough of: orange Jell-O fruit salad and orange rolls. Each year, my grandparents would start preparing the dinner earlier and earlier so they could make double the portions because the second we sat down at the dinner table, they would be the first things gone. The orange rolls in particular took at least a day to make. Even as a kid, I realized it was a labor of love to mix the ingredients exactly right. I remember one year in particular, my grandparents spent two days making over 100 rolls. My cousins sat down at the table and immediately started putting four or five rolls on their plates, which
frustrated my grandparents. They implored, “Where are your manners?!” I can’t help but smile when I think about that dinner because the rolls were so delicious, they caused a tense moment. After eating our fill, the adults would head into one room to catch the football game, and the kids would head into the other room to play Monopoly. I remember loving this part of Thanksgiving almost as much as the orange rolls. I now realize our parents purchased the longest game in existence to keep us busy. But, even after four hours of play, I still knew it was a special experience to feel that sense of family. These last few years, my wife and I would take our kids to visit my grandpa at his nursing home to spend the holiday with him. He spent a lot of time complaining about how horrible the Thanksgiving meal was, saying, “They don’t add salt, and everything tastes terrible. I don’t know why you even come eat here with me!” He may have been right about the food, but that’s not why we went. We went to listen to him tell stories about his life. He passed away in April of this year, and I’ve been trying to find an ideal way to incorporate some of the traditions that he and my grandma created for me as a kid into the traditions my wife and I have started with our own little ones. While it will probably take a couple years to nail down what works best, I know my grandparents’
famous orange rolls and Jell-O salad will definitely have a place on the table.
I’m also sure to spend a little extra time this year focusing on gratefulness. I try to teach my kids a simple rule: If you aren’t thankful, then you won’t be happy. Life has thrown more than its fair share of curveballs our way this year, and, when that happens, you spend a lot more time evaluating the relationships with the people around you. The tough times have helped me communicate better with those I love. Focusing on all the good things makes it far easier to find happiness, and Thanksgiving serves as an excellent reminder. From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
You can find the recipe for the orange rolls on the bottom of Page 3 in this newsletter!
– Dr. Brooks
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