Sharing of Memories


I can’t believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It was always one of my most favorite holidays when I was a kid. I remember my Grandma and Mom started to cook early in the morning – shooing us out of the kitchen. As we got older, we made the antipasto, lasagna and helped with all other traditional Italian American dishes our family had in preparation for the big day. Mom made the turkey stuffing with raisins and a special stuffing casserole without raisins for her sister, Aunt Betty because she didn’t like the raisins. Oh! I remember waking up to delicious aromas Thanksgiving morning…

Those days are long gone, especially as the family grew larger with grandchildren and my siblings started their own family traditions. I am forever grateful that my sister and my brother in law continued the family tradition for us in their home for several years, during the years as our mother’s health declined, and after her passing.

Today, I am grateful for those special childhood memories of family gatherings and for the family love that was shared. I will hold that close to my heart because so much has changed over the many years for our family.

What was special about your childhood memories of Thanksgiving? What are you grateful for?


Dorothy Ruggiero, LMT, CHC

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