Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving in Brooklyn

Hi to all my amazing blog-friends. So much to be thankful for. Here are some pictures of Thanksgiving in Brooklyn at my son Dolan's place and the carving of the "tur-duck-hen".

It was a wonderful day. And, for years I have been writing "why I am thankful for you" letters to anyone who sits at our Thanksgiving table. This year, Dolan wrote the letters - I was so touched that he honored my tradition and I was moved to tears by their loving and honest content. We all were. I was SO happy to have Jennifer and her boyfriend and Jo'el with us - to be able to celebrate her life and her relationship is amongst my greatest gifts this year.

And Alaura has arrived.....safely, with her Dad on Friday. I will give you just one sneak preview picture of her - it posted first, - I am still learning how to post pictures accurately.

and may I add, the chapters of her story that we are writing while she is here are so fun and loving and full of hope, and promise and celebration. I sigh a big sigh of joy. :-)


Eileen said...

This post is so beautiful and you do sound so content.
Your Thanksgiving sounds lovely! And you did a great job with the photos!

And a three-year-old in the house! Joy!
I hope you all have a wonderful time, and I'm sure you will help to create wonderful memories for that adorable child!
Love to you!, Eileen

cordieb said...

Oh Gail, you are so full of love and life. You inspire me to love and live a little bit more each time I come here. A constant remindr that all is not doomed in the world, and I thank you for that! Happy belated Thanksgiving to you and yours,



Gail said...

I am thrilled and humbled that words of my life inspire you to live and love - wow , and a happy belated Thanksgiving to you.

Love Gail

Gail said...


Thank you so much for your loving words to me, and appreciation of my world. I believe we drove right by your neck of the woods" on Thanksgiving on our way to Brooklyn.
Happy Sunday to you
Love Gail

Diana said...

I have always wanted to try a tur-duck-hen! How was it? What a wonderful holiday you've been having Gail. And it sounds like an extended one, even more fun!
Love Di

Gail said...


There is very little waste on a "tur-duck-hen' because it is de-boned and formed. My son ordered the Cajun style so the stuffing was a very spicy cornbread with a hot sausage in it. And the spicy stuffing was right next to the duck so the duck was very spicy as well. The turkey and the hen or chicken were delicious though - and it ws all quite juicy. mmmm. It really was a very exciting, delicious, loving and happy day. And now Alaura is here - she is SO precious. We are going to my husband's restaurant in about an hour for dinner - and meeting my daughter and her son there as well. We will be treated like royalty and he will walk around with Alaura and 'show her off' :-) He is so full of joy and love and pride I am surprised he hasn't floated away. :-)

Love to you

Bernie said...

What a loving, thankful and happy glad you enjoyed such a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.....and your granddaughter looks so beautiful, and how lucky is she to have you write a chapter in her book.......luv ya...:-) Hugs

Wanda said...

I can tell Thanksgiving was wonderful for you Gail...Your son caring on your tradition was extra special for you I'm sure. He looks a lot like you...and now you have a little one to bring you even more joy for a time. Have a good week Gail, by the way, you look lovely!

Gail said...


thank you so much for your kind words, that celebrate my life. I feel so blessed to have you be so complimentary to me. And yes, Dolan does look a bit like me. :-)

Love to you and yours

Gail said...


I love when you visit me. I SO appreciate your appreciation of my family and life. Your loving words add even more love and purpose to my shared experiences. thanks Bernie, you are just the best!!

Love to you my friend

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

All that you bring to a Thanksgiving holiday defines its embracing love. To find that what you have brought to a holiday, is now carried forth by another, is indeed a joy. Love in knowing reflection, a blessing in your celebration dear Gail.

Teacher's Pet said...

Gail...This is lovely.
I enlarged Alaura's photo. What a beautiful girl...and look at that smile. She is precious. Thank you for sharing your photos with us...and I love that your tradition has been passed on. I know that makes your heart smile.
Hugs and smiles to you.

cinner said...

Gail, so glad to hear everything was so nice, you know I am thrilled your son continued your tradition. That is just beautiful. enjoy all your time together and show that little one off. what wonderful memories you are making.

PENolan said...

Glad all is well for you and yours

Gail said...


She is really adorable. :-) And I really am so thrilled that Dolan wrote to each of us - another part of the tradition is that each person reads their letter aloud so others at the table know of the gifts and special qualities of one another - when I started to read mine I only got the word "Mom" out and started to cry. Mom's are like that, huh??!! :-)

Thanks Jackie
Love you

Gail said...

So nice to see you -
and as we drove in the view of the NYC skyline, just behind a thin veil of fog was beautiful.
Hope your weekend went well.

Love Gail

Gail said...

Loke I wrote to Jackie above - I was thrilled that Dolan wrote letters to all of us.
And last night we went to dinner at Skipp's restaurant and my husband is so full of joy and pride I think he will just float up and away. :-)
My daughter and grandson joined us so he walked around his restaurant proudly with both of his grandchildren with a HUGE smile. :-)
Have a peaceful Monday.

Love to you

Gail said...

A wondrous, blessed day indeed. As I wrote above, I was thrilled that Dolan wrote letters to us all - in that I was truly honored. Glorious.
Love to you

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Gail, Taking the liberty to add a PS to your post at APOGEE Poet - thought it timely that Annie and Aria have a play date ♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫.

Gail said...


it is time for sure for us to meet and play and laugh.

<3 Annie

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

I made it! And glad I did, though I knew already I could count on you having captured the spirit of Thanksgiving no matter how or where you spent your day. Family, friends, sitting around the table. Mostly opening your hearts to one another, being glad to be together…because you know it can all change.

More than anything on Thanksgiving, we give thanks for life. That's the most we can hope for—the rest is just another spoonful of gravy!

Gail said...


I am SO glad you were able to stop by. Your comments and visits mean so much to me. ANd yes, the spirit is captured in my heart which over flows most of the time with every emotion known and then some. :-)

Love and deep appreciation for all that you are