I don’t care what my children eat for Thanksgiving dinner

Most of the time I try. I try to feed my children a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables. I try to feed my children a variety of foods. I try to limit sugar. I try and often fail, but I try. But I don’t care what my children eat for Thanksgiving dinner.

I have special turkey-themed plates for the occasion with multiple compartments in which to serve a sampling of everything being served for the Thanksgiving meal. I will dutifully serve up small portions of turkey, stuffing, and sides, but I fully expect my children will only eat rolls and pumpkin pie.

No. Correction. They will likely only eat rolls and the whipped cream scraped from the top of their pieces of pumpkin pie. That’s okay. I don’t care what my children eat for Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving is a day for giving thanks. It is also a day for relaxing despite an illusion of formality. Sure people bring out the “good” dishes and the “nice” tablecloth, but at the same time guests are loosening their belts and falling asleep on the couch. To that end I will dress up my kids. I will sit them at the table. Then I’ll be thankful for every moment I am able to enjoy my own meal even if the only reason my kids are quiet is that they are each on their third dinner roll.

I don’t care what my children eat for Thanksgiving dinner. I just care that we are together and get to enjoy a meal with friends. Carrots can wait.

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