This year for Christmas dinner Shirley was going to skip altogether or get just a little bit of turkey. Her thinking is that we really like ham better so why go with turkey that most of the time ends up kinda dry. But Abby, our granddaughter, likes turkey and wants turkey. So Mamaw, being Mamaw, has to get turkey for Abby.
Most of the major items of the dinner are being purchased at Harris Teeter. However, Shirley was not going to pay $3.00 a pound for turkey when the smallest amount offered was 8 pounds. That would be an additional $24.00 to the cost of the meal.
Soooooooooo, since I wanted to try the deep fried turkey this year … Shirley looks around for turkey… even asking the question on Facebook. K & W says we have it but it is too late to order it… sorry. KFC says no, we don’t fix turkey. I guess they didn’t want to be known as KFT. Several suggested on Facebook that we go to Bojangles. Shirley called and off we went across town to the only store with 8 turkeys left…to be sold on a first come first serve basis.
We pulled in behind all these people who look like they are on the same turkey quest as we are. Shirley hurries into Bojangles and purchases the turkey. Coming back to the car she is almost dragging this huge frozen bird. We look at each other and I say: “That sure is a big bird. Yep,” she says. “How much did it cost?” $42.00 was her reply.
I guess this year will be a Tennessee Ernie Ford Turkey kinda Christmas. He use to say that after the big meal we had turkey left overs for every meal until every last bit of it was gone. Turkey casserole, turkey sandwiches, turkey sausage, turkey biscuits, etc. We knew we were at the end when we had turkey ice cream.
I don’t think we will have turkey ice cream, but we gotta get $42.00 worth of eating out of that bird. Oh, BTW, did I tell you it was a cajun turkey? I’m sure that doesn’t mean it is from New Orleans but rather refers to the spices added to this old bird. Something needs to be said about this bird: It is big, costly, and has a bite. It better be juicy.
Perhaps the lesson learned is that sometimes when you try to cut corners or save money, if you are not careful, you may end up with a big old costly bird that will bite back.
Dear Lord, perhaps we have learned something good from purchasing a Big, Costly, Cajun Turkey this year. Perhaps next year we will plan better, order sooner, or do something altogether different. Thank you for continuing to allow us to laugh at ourselves when we stumble, fumble and fall. We know that it is in your grace and mercy that we are lifted up and held close. In and through Jesus. Amen.
P.S. A very special thanks to our Winston friends who dropped by today with goodies, laughter and fond memories. Some of the cookies are left…….. but not for long. Your friendship will last forever. Thank you dearly for thinking of us. You will never know how deeply we are touched by your thoughtfulness and care.