This is a momentous week. This Friday, my family and I will be heading west, traveling through rural Wisconsin and Minnesota to a familiar destination: Worthington, Minnesota. Worthington is a town of about 10,000 and is about an hour east of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It’s also where my beautiful bride was born and raised. We haven’t had a many occasions to visit since Charlotte’s mother passed away in 2012, and I haven’t been back in about three years.
I should mention this is not just an ordinary visit to my wife’s hometown. No, this is King Turkey Day weekend. Yes, that’s right. In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know, Turkey Day, by all rights, should be a national holiday and not merely a civic celebration limited to the hub of southwestern Minnesota. At least, that’s what Charlotte’s mom used to think. Think about it: a free pancake breakfast at the firehouse, the Turkey Day 10k (which Charlotte will be competing in for the first time), the turkey race between Paycheck (Worthington’s turkey) and Ruby Begonia (from Cuero, Texas), the grand parade, the smorgasbord at the Elks… Turkey Day is where it’s at.
It may sound hokey, but I truly love Turkey Day. And whenever I think about it, I think about by mother-in-law. She was a special lady (with a special affinity for Turkey Day) and I miss her. I miss her husband too, who was killed in a car accident in 2008. They loved me and I loved them back.
So, along with being pumped for the parade, pancakes, and watching my favorite athlete take down all challengers in the 10k, as I think about our upcoming trip, I’m thinking about my mother-in-law. The last song on this week’s TS10 is a tip of the hat to both of Charlotte’s parents. It’s a song that was special to both of them: George Jones’ He Stopped Loving Her Today. Ever since Charlotte’s mom passed away, that song has made me misty (as it will every time I hear it this week while listening to this playlist).
Carol and Glen, we love you and miss you…