Thanks and Giving

We hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.

We were thankful for ours. This afternoon my son and I were headed to Matteo’s Public in Nevada City to help serve the needy a meal.

We stopped at SPD for a quick snack before heading over to Matt’s place. My son chose some grapes and a block of Swiss cheese.

I suggested we go to the benches in front of the store and eat our snack in the sunlight. I pulled out a plastic knife from the deli and cut the block of cheese and handed him a slice.

About the same time a woman in a nice car drove up, sized up our situation, and said, “We’d like to invite you to our house for Thanksgiving dinner.”

We said thanks but we were OK and wished her a happy day.

We enjoyed serving the needy at Matteo’s. It was a wonderful affair: We helped seat the guests, took their orders and served them helpings of fresh roasted turkey and all the fixin’s.

I enjoyed visiting with many of the guests. They were extremely grateful for the meal – and the company. I always learn something.

“Dad, you didn’t tell me it would be fun,” said our son, who thoroughly enjoyed his role. He asked Matt for a root beer at the end of his “shift.”

Then we went to my sister-in-laws for a big family gathering. We enjoy watching our nieces and nephews grow up.

One of our nieces from Cal Poly brought her boyfriend, a first for her. I visited with one of my nephews about his trip to Nepal this summer, and I visited with the other one about the dismal Iowa State football season. (He played QB there last year before graduating, with a bowl-game appearance).

There were family members but also a few dogs — ideal, at least in my mind.

It was a wonderful day, combining friends with family.

Our son was thrilled to play with his cousins, whom he doesn’t see often enough. Now an “overnight” is in the works. They are running around upstairs with our dog.

We won’t be shopping this weekend; just hanging out together – and getting a little work done. Enjoy your weekend.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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