According to my mother, my sister had a “meltdown” the other day. My sister’s mother-in-law wanted to change their annual Thanksgiving dinner plans, and it threw my sister into a justified tailspin.
Typically, their family spends the day after Thanksgiving together, but this year, her mother-in-law wants to do it at dinner time on the big day.
Our family usually has a Thanksgiving lunch, so at first glance, it might seem that there would be plenty of time for both. That’s where you would be wrong.
“I told her we could either do it on Friday, or I could have lunch ready by noon on Thursday,” my mother explained to me over the phone.
“Yeah, right,” I drawled sarcastically.
In the background, I could hear my father. He was laughing hysterically.
Every year, my mother promises lunch will be ready by noon. Last year, we counted ourselves lucky to eat by 2:30.
I don’t recall it being so late when I was younger. I blame my mother’s interest in cooking shows for the delay. She takes on more menu items each year, and every time she promises that “It won’t be bad.”
Not only is it bad, but it also seems to come later every year.
(If brunch comes between breakfast and lunch, what do you call the meal between lunch and dinner? We call it “Thanksgiving.”)
My family lives in the Augusta area and my sister and mother begin cooking for Thanksgiving days in advance. They spend hours peeling potatoes that we decimate in mere minutes.
When my sister’s mother-in-law decided to change the Thanksgiving meal schedule that has existed for at least a decade, she did not know what she was asking of my sister.
My sister was looking down the barrel of arriving early at my mother’s to spend hours in the kitchen cooking, eating (hopefully before 3), doing dishes, driving across town to her in-laws, then by some miracle finding room to eat again somewhere around 6 p.m.
It’s a challenge that not even a famished troop of Army Rangers could pull off. No one has that much room in their stomach.
Luckily for my sister, everyone in our family agreed to have Thanksgiving lunch on Black Friday. She can enjoy time with her in-laws on Thursday; then, eat at her leisure on Friday hopefully sometime before dinner.
Jennifer Reynolds is a Griffin Daily News staff writer.