Karen at age twenty-six, had invited her in-laws to Thanksgiving dinner. This was the first family party she had ever hosted. She wanted it to be perfect. For weeks, she cleaned and scrubbed the house in preparation. She shopped for food. She had her hair done at the beauty parlor. She decorated the house festively.
The day before Thanksgiving, she thought about the lonely widow next door who had no family at all. She spoke to Jim, her husband and asked if he minded an extra person for the otherwise family meal. Of course he agreed. So she went next door and invited Mrs. Baulm to join them for a Thanksgiving meal.
The next morning, Karen arose early to start preparing. She was understandably very nervous. She had never made a meal for more than she and Jim. This was a new experience for her. The ham was in the oven, Several varieties of salads made, and pies and cookies. She felt that she was totally prepared. Even the table was set. And then her parents in-law arrived. It was then she realized she had forgotten to get some rolls. The stores were now closed, and she had no bread at all in the house.
Just then, the doorbell rang. Jim went to answer it, and there was Mrs. Baulm on the porch holding a covered basket. "I hope you don't mind," she said, when Jim let her into the house. "But I always get so excited about Thanksgiving, that I make bread and rolls, forgetting that my children and grandchildren live so far away, and Dear Will is now gone. So I brought them over hoping it would be alright with you.
Karen ushered her into the kitchen and gave her a big hug. This was just what was needed to go with the meal. Jim's mother and Mrs. Baulm enjoyed chatting. Jim and his Dad talked men talk. When it was time for everyone to leave, Jim's mother hugged Karen and thanked her for having them. " You did a wonderful job with the meal Karen." I am so glad you are our daughter now.
Later, Karen walked Mrs. Baulm home and told her how thoughtful it was for her to bring the rolls and bread, explaining she had forgotten all about that part of the meal. All in all, the day went very well.
By Sharon (Sunyskys1943@aol.com)