Texan ENT - November 2017



NOV 2017


As a kid, I always preferred the holidays where you got presents. I imagine a lot of us felt this way. Of course, things change as we grow up, and these days, Thanksgiving is by far my favorite. You get to enjoy a huge meal, and when my wife is in charge, you know every bite of that meal will be delicious. But beyond the food, Thanksgiving is a time when the people you love gather to spend time together. There’s a sense of gratitude, and everyone is happy to see each other. It’s the start of the holiday season, and you can really feel the spirit of the holiday. When I moved down to Austin in 2011, it was in early December, so I didn’t celebrate my first Thanksgiving in the Lone Star State until the following year. In the meantime, I met this amazing woman named Renee, who turned out to be my future wife. On Thanksgiving of 2012, Renee and I were still dating, and she decided we would host Thanksgiving dinner at our house. My First ThanksgivingWith Renee THE SECRET TO A PERFECT TURKEY

join us. It was a big step in our relationship, and there was quite a bit of pressure. Thanks to Renee, the whole thing went great! In addition to decorating the house, Renee took a cooking class at Whole Foods and learned how to prepare the ultimate Thanksgiving turkey. Growing up, my Thanksgiving turkeys were incredibly bland. We would drown it in gravy just to make it taste better. When Renee’s first turkey came out of the oven, it looked like it belonged on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. She let it brine in homemade broth for 16 hours, rubbed a butter herb concoction beneath the skin, and let it roast to perfection. It was, hands down, the greatest turkey I’d ever eaten. The rest of the meal was also great, but I was more relieved that both families got along so well. Even better, my parents and sister loved Renee. I’m very close with my family, and it was important to me they liked my then-girlfriend. But really, what did I have to worry about? I already knew Renee was amazing, and my family quickly saw that, too. As far as Thanksgivings go, my first one in Texas is by far the most memorable. It signaled a new chapter in my relationship with Renee. Likewise, this next Thanksgiving will sort of signal the end of an old

For as long as I’ve known her, Renee has loved to go over-the-top with her parties. If she’s planning the event, you can bet it will be decked to the nines with the best spread and handmade decorations. During that first Thanksgiving, I was grateful for Renee’s planning enthusiasm. Not only did we have her family, but my parents and sister were also coming down from Virginia to

chapter. This will be the last Thanksgiving we celebrate just the two of us. Our little one is due at the end of December, and, to be honest, I wouldn’t mind if she came a bit early. I can’t wait to meet her, and having my daughter in my life is something I will be grateful for every Thanksgiving for years to come. –Dr. Seth Evans

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