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I s there any kid who would say that Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday? With no costumes, presents, or fireworks, I know I didn’t think Thanksgiving was all that exciting. As an adult, my priorities are different. Now I love any occasion when I get to spend time with my family and have permission to overeat great food. Today, Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday, and I really cherish those Thanksgiving memories frommy childhood. My dad’s parents lived in the city where I grew up in Virginia, so our Thanksgivings were spent at their house. My grandparents’ table was always full of the Thanksgiving staples, though the turkey took a back seat to the ham. I’ve never been a huge fan of ham, but my grandfather’s country ham was something else. Granddad used only Smithfield hams — a Virginia delicacy — and would spend two days before Thanksgiving getting it ready. I don’t know how he made it, but the end result was a cross between ham and bacon with a rich salt flavor that had me coming back for seconds. Granddad passed away a long time ago, and though my uncle has made his recipe a few times since, I haven’t had real country ham in at least 20 years. When you’re a kid, it’s hard to imagine howmuch things will change. Back when I was eating bland turkey and great ham at my grandparents’ house, I never would have thought one day I’d celebrate my Thanksgivings in Texas with my wife and our beautiful daughter. Renee’s family lives here, and they “Back when I was eating bland turkey and great ham at my grandparents’ house, I never would have thought one day I’d celebrate my Thanksgivings in Texas with my wife and our beautiful daughter.”
all come over to our house for Thanksgiving dinner. My parents like to come down to our house too, because the weather in November is much nicer here in Texas than it is in Virginia. Even if we did have frozen winters, I think my parents would still come down in order to spend more time with their granddaughter.
This will be Audrey’s first Thanksgiving, and it’s exciting to think about how she will remember this holiday. She’ll certainly have memories of a much better turkey! A few years ago, Renee took a cooking class and learned how to roast the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. It’s a highlight that might even outshine country ham. I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The first year with my daughter has been so crazy and awesome; I love
Renee’s famous turkey!
Audrey with all my heart. I’m thankful the family is in good health and able to come together for Thanksgiving in this beautiful city I get to call home. And I am also thankful for all the great people I work with. The patients I get to see day in and day out are the best, and they make all the hard work worth it.
I wish a happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope you are able to spend the day with people you love while eating good food and making memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. –Dr. Seth Evans
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