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Prompted By Pandemic Holidays

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Picture of the meal we ordered, from their website

Nobody is coming to our house for Thanksgiving this pandemic year. We decided to order a takeout Thanksgiving dinner, because it didn’t seem worth going to all the trouble for just the two of us. So I posted a question in the Facebook group for my neighborhood: “Looking for a restaurant that will do a nice takeout Thanksgiving dinner for two people. Any recommendations?” Within a few hours I had forty responses. Some were duplicates, and there were two that appeared many times. We picked one of those two. We’ll see how it turns out. There’ll be plenty of leftovers.

Nobody is coming to our house for Thanksgiving this pandemic year, it's just the two of us.


RetroFlash – 100 words (excluding footnote)


Note: I have written so many previous holiday stories. . . .

For a description of my Thanksgivings in pre-pandemic times, see Over the River and Through the Woods (from 2016) and/or Over the River Again (an updated version in 2018). For Chanukah see This Little Light of Mine and  Back to December, and for New Year’s see Auld Lang Syne and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.


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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    The photo looks delicious, Suzy. If you actually get that much, you certainly will be eating for days! Enjoy.

  2. John Shutkin says:

    You’ve really mastered this RetroFlash thing, Suzy. And I can think of no more appropriate use of it than this Thanksgiving when everything else is so abbreviated.

    Indeed, while many prompts get us to write wide-ranging stories, it seems as if we are all writing the same melancholy one this week. But let’s hope your dinner tastes as yummy as it looks. And I wish there were a way we could all share leftovers next week.

    • Suzy says:

      I started to write a full-fledged story, then realized that I had already covered all the holidays thoroughly before. That’s why I linked to my six (count ’em, 6) previous holiday stories. So RetroFlash seemed the perfect vehicle.

      I may have an exciting New Year’s story to write. Ed and I are planning to go to Georgia with a lawyers’ group to work in the runoff election!

  3. Laurie Levy says:

    Great RetroFlash, Suzy. So many of us are dealing with the scaled down Thanksgiving you described beautifully in just 100 words.

  4. Enjoy it Suzy, looks yummy!
    Stay well and safe and here’s to a more traditional T-giving next year for us all!

  5. Your opening line sounded a bit like Children’s Literature. I had to google to remember this book, WHO IS COMING TO OUR HOUSE?
    The rest of it has a bit of a sing-song sound to it, although you did not choose to format it to emphasize the rhythm or sound of your words. May the food taste as good as it looks! And may your Georgia adventure be safe and productive.

    • Suzy says:

      Dale, I’ve never read that book, which is not surprising since it is about the baby Jesus! I agree that my first line could be a children’s book, but not THAT one! And I will have to think about format in future RetroFlashes – Barb has certainly led the way in that respect.

  6. Marian says:

    Great “flash,” Suzy. One of these years I’m going to be brave enough to order a dinner rather than cook, although being wheat, corn, and dairy-free has its challenges.

    • Suzy says:

      This is a first for us, I’ll let you know how it turns out. We have a dairy issue, but not the other two. Having three restrictions would make it harder, but I bet there are restaurants that could meet your requirements and make a yummy meal.

  7. Suzy, I’m having trouble finding words…so overwhelmed with feelings right now in reading one poignant story after another. I’m so thankful to have this community…thanks to you! Enjoy that dinner…it looks great!! XOXO

  8. A clever idea, Suzy. And you’ll be eating thanksgiving provender that — in a fashion — came from the community via recommendations. Have a happy turkey day. I expect many of our mini repasts will feel okay, given the circumstances. It’s not as if we don’t have friends and family. They’re all out there!

    • Suzy says:

      Thank you, Charlie. You are the only one who got the point I was trying to make about community. Guess I should have said it more clearly, as you do in your comment. Now I’m thinking about how I could rewrite it and still stay at 100 words.

  9. Joe Lowry says:

    You, like some of America, are being smart by limiting Thanksgiving to two. Thank you. Let’s hope enough people do that this year.

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