While Malcolm was still at student at University of Texas and the baseball season had been over for sometime and the holidays were approaching. Malcolm had decided come the Thanksgiving break he’d forego the trip back to California and wait till the Winter break. The decision didn’t sit well with his family having not seen him for sometime, the news that he’d be home for Christmas seemingly made things alright being Christmas was his mother’s favorite holiday.
Upon making that choice Malcolm wondered who he’d spend Thanksgiving with wondering if he’d try his hand at cooking trying to re create a dinner on his own, maybe venture out to a restaurant, or join in on someone else’s Thanksgiving day? The question loomed large as he realized he might have made a mistake not going home. He could count all the Thanksgiving days he didn’t share with his family on one hand so when the topic came up with Candace as they were talking in the dark room approaching the break she didn’t give it a second thought to inviting him to her family’s get together. Malcolm was gracious in his gratitude for her inviting him and immediately began questioning her on how her family celebrated Thanksgiving Day.
Candace told him the story of last years get together, which called for the family that was still local to meet at her parents house. This meant both sides of grandparents, as they were still vibrant in there old age, it also involved her mother’s best friend and her husband, Candace’s younger brother, and her Dad’s single business partner. The house would be filled with the same culprits this year with the addition of Malcolm.
Candace went on that it was really easygoing day of feasting on delectable food, football, and the oddball stories her dad would tell to get a laugh. At one point Malcolm had a question what her family would think of him coming to thanksgiving feeling that it could be misread by her family members and guests to which Candace told him “We’ll just have to make sure we don’t get caught.” she said with a wink and a smack on his backside. Malcolm had to smile as things with Candace were still a bit unclear to what they meant to each other at that time, yet what was clear they enjoyed each others company.
So as the two were leaving campus for the break Malcolm asked if he should be mindful of anything come Thanksgiving day’s dinner, to which she only told him to dress nice, but not too nice and maybe bring a bottle of wine for her mother. The heads up was good to know for Malcolm, which in the days in-between researched wines and purchased one that had high ratings all across the board a Diamond Heart pinot noir and put together an outfit that would make his mother proud.
Before leaving his house the day of Thanksgiving Malcolm called his family back in California wishing them well, then he turned his attention to the day ahead of him. He knew there was really nothing at stake as he and Candace were merely friends, but meeting the parents was always nerve racking, yet meeting the entire family was definitely putting Malcolm on edge.
Candace stopped by to pick up Malcolm and the two drove out to her parents house. Along the way she share little antidotes about each family member so by the time they reached the house Malcolm was feeling as if he had a sense of everyone in their own special way.
Upon entering the home the smell of scrumptious Thanksgiving food being prepared filled the air. One by one Candace greeted and introduced Malcolm to her family. The welcome was heartwarming, as Malcolm felt welcomed like he was part of the family. Candace had Malcolm give her mother the bottle of wine he had researched before taking Malcolm out and showing the bit of property her family owned finding that moment alone to be their usual selves. Candace even showed Malcolm her room still pretty much like she left it before moving out after high school. The walls of her room were covered in boy band posters, stuffed animals everywhere and school photos from throughout the years.
Malcolm then joined up with the men in the den watching football and sipping bourbon and soda. Candace’s dad sidled up next to Malcolm hearing he was the starting centerfielder for the Texas Longhorns baseball team he shared the memories he had playing ball as a crafty second baseman.
When it came dinner Malcolm was set next to Candace as her father gave grace and everyone began to dine. Numerous topics of a mild manner were discussed at the table as one question was offered to Malcolm to how his family held Thanksgiving? Malcolm then shared how at the table while eating everyone would one by one share what they were thankful for that year. Candace’s father liked that idea and started the trend in their family giving everyone the chance to share.
At the end of the night after a whirlwind of deserts and family banter Candace opted to take a drive with Malcolm taking him to her favorite spot to just watch the stars. They then looked at the stars and talked the night away before heading back to Malcolm’s and getting cozy grateful to share together in a Happy Thanksgiving year.
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