My big sister and I break away from the table for a photo.
At the annual George gathering, more than 100 people sat down for delicious Lebanese fare and, of course, turkey and stuffing. The Georges have been gathering at Pearson Park in New Castle for generations, and we are lucky enough to join them on occasion. My sister, Patti Strosser George, married John George more than 47 years ago. Did I ever mention that I was the surprise in the Strosser family — born when my brother was 7 and my sister was 10?
Anyway, this wonderful family adopted my family, and we are forever grateful. Here are a few photos from the gang. A lot of the family couldn’t make it, but those of us who did had a great time. When you see a family this big gather — it’s just heartwarming. Check out a bunch of photos at the bottom of this page.
Memories rolled out for all of us. My sister and her hubby’s first apartment was in Ashtabula, and John’s sister and I recalled visiting as kids. We watched Alfred Hitchcock’s “An Unlocked WIndow,” on TV. Scared the daylights out of us.
My faves from the George smorgasbord: stuffed cabbage — my dad loved these. And the grape leaves, made by my nephew’s wife, Suzanne George, who stepped in because my sister had arm surgery — Patti is the grape leaf queen and Suzanne may be the princess. Overheard at the party:
Me to Ryan, who noticed a lot of lovely young ladies: “Well, you are not related by blood to anyone here except your sister and cousin, so go introduce yourself.”
John’s sister to me: “When I saw your daughter, I did a double take — for a minute, I thought it was you.”
One of the Georges about his sister: “She has always been the diplomat in the family. She’s worked in medicine for all these years, so we all call her for medical advice. She listens courteously and then says, ‘Call your doctor.’”
Many of the guests: “I didn’t really eat that much, until I hit the dessert table.”
My son: “The kibbeh, is it really raw meat?” — Yes, it is, and it has been a Lebanese tradition forever, but it’s not something you try at home. Check out the NPR story about it here. My son tried it and liked it. Me — I prefer the stuffed cabbage and grape leaves.
My nephew: “I can’t believe we’re empty nesters.” – His college freshman daughter wants to spend the summer in Boston, and his son will be working at a job where he travels the world.
Ryan to Kelly about her homemade macaroons: “You made these? Really?”
Enjoy the day after Turkey Day. I am still stuffed.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.
This was our Thanksgiving table — lots of people were gone to get food, and some of these folks don’t look too happy that I made them pause for a photo, huh?
Ryan Eckert, Kelly Eckert and Nick Carmosino — happy after dinner.
My daughter, Kelly, makes these awesome coconut macaroons. She’s starting a new tradition of must-have cookies at family gatherings.
Selfie with my baby boy, Ryan.
My daughter Kelly, a CPA, with my great niece, Elizabeth, who attends Duke University.