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Take Seven 15th October

Take Seven: 3rd September

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Welcome to my Take Seven compilation which incorporates all 21 words (or derivatives) from the Three Things Challenge for the past week.
You are most welcome to join in using as many or all of the words too. Just pingback to this post and then leave a link to your post in the comments so that I can see it and respond directly.
As always, have fun, and I hope you enjoy this week’s effort.

Our words were:
duty, event, exchanged, hefty, hole, missing, particular, piece, quality, quizzical, riot, roast, secret, see, segment, sixty, spend, tapped, terrific, traditional, wire


Holiday Hi Jinx

By Tessa Dean October 2021

It was always my duty to make sure the holiday event meals were always traditional for whatever country we chose that year. I really just wanted a plain meal for once with a nice roast, but I hadn’t gotten the memo which was always kept secret to just before the holiday leaving each person time to shop and prepare their part of the meal. I made sure all the foods were represented and no exchanges were allowed. The meals were sometimes weird, but they were always enjoyed and rarely were there any leftovers.

A different person was chosen each year to choose the particular meal and then I did the research as to what was needed to make it truly traditional. Then whoever was in charge chose who would prepare what. I always hated this family tradition, but I always participated rather than causing a riot by refusing. I am not a cook so I always prefaced my presentation with you know I don’t cook so if the quality of the dish is poor please forgive me. Many years I thought of missing the dinner, but I knew that would not go over well and so I persevered with whatever I got.

I am sixty now and cooking large meals isn’t an option so just having to prepare a single dish is easier although sometimes the cost I had to spend for the exotic dishes could be quite daunting. Most of the foods I got I wouldn’t eat so there was no taste testing ahead of time. Sometimes it was terrific, but some of them were horrible.

As the food was passed around the table I took a small segment. I didn’t like what I saw when it was done cooking and doubted I would like it. I looked at the plate quizzically before putting a spoonful in my mouth. Everyone else was digging in and there was a huge hole missing from the serving plate so either everyone knew something I didn’t or they were braver than me.

I heard a tapping at the window and looked over to see a small wire tapping on the glass. I got up and looked outside and saw my youngest grandson standing outside trying to get our attention. I opened the window and asked him what he was doing and he said I was left home alone and walked down here myself. I can’t reach the window and you all didn’t hear me knocking with all the laughter. I laughed out loud and told him to come around to the door and I would let him in. He leaned over and picked up a cake holder and drug it around with him. He brought dessert and I hoped it was one of his mom’s great cakes although I needed to scold her for leaving her young son behind.

When I presented him to her she grabbed the cake holder and looked inside, not in the least bit worried that he had been left home alone. Her dessert survived and arrived thanks to her young son. Suddenly it dawned on her what she had done. She picked him up and hugged him, apologizing for leaving him behind and thanking him for bringing the cake with him.

Now we were all there and ready to eat. Although I did a quick head count before settling down to eat.


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