Mom's Lasagna and Holiday ChangesÂ click title for full recipe.
Today I am reminicing on the old days, boy do I feel it these days. Working in retail, you miss alot of quality time with the family. It's a sacrafice you make when youÂ chooseÂ retail as a career.Â This year by far is the hardest one. Looking back through the years, waking up with the smell of Traditional Roasted Turkey, mom in the kitchen beating the eggs and whisking the ricotta for the lasagna, brings a tear to my eye of those precious moments in time that were spent with mom, dad and others who have made it to the great beyond, I really missed those days. Amazing to me how the smell of food is etched im my mind.
Hopefully they are all gathered whereever theyÂ alltogether toÂ continue those good ole days until we meet again.
Today I am makingÂ mom's lasagna, but not on Thanksgiving, butÂ four days earlier.Â Some retail stores decidedÂ to have their associate work earlier openings than normal, as thisÂ would beÂ Â important to their business this year.
So another sacrifice must be made for working in retail, by some. Â All preparations must be made well in advance. There will hardly be any hours to spend with the family, my husband and son amongest the many that will need to sleep by 2pm Thanksgiving Day in order to make it through BLACK FRIDAYÂ and the hussle and bussle,Â arriving to work before midnight. The fight for shopper dollars is more intense this year in this tough job marker and uncertain economy.
Black Friday is the biggest retail day of the year, it can literally make or break the business.
I have been dedicatedÂ for 25 years and am fortunate our company decided to open the same time we do every year, at 4am.Â
Today howeverÂ leaves me feeling empty, knowing I can't enjoy my family for the full day, just one wholeÂ day, like years past because of the huge changes in competition thatÂ theyÂ feel the need to be open quicker than the next to make sometimes evenÂ negative margins on what they sell for more footsteps, it'sÂ pretty darnÂ scary. What does the future hold for our kids? How do they hold on to fond memories from years past? Not much in the job market, retail seems to be taking over all industry, since so much has moved out of the U.S. Sometimes it's the safest, not the easiest on family life.
Our economyÂ has turned into a power struggleÂ for retail to surviveÂ survive and beatÂ the goodÂ odds of losing to the competitors and closing for good.
Opening all day onÂ Thanksgiving Day? It sureÂ takes the meaning of what we all strive for, togetherness, reunions, the bonding that comes from families, teaching values, Â one day before the biggest shopping day and now they decided to take that build up of anticipation away as well which is the fun of it for many.
Well now that I got that off my chest, we will still have all the wonderful memories momÂ instilled with traditions, starting with her lasagna..
No one can take those precious moments away, ever. Happy Thanksgiving,Â Â Â cherish the time you have and don't lose sight of what's important that day, family and togetherness.....