One remark Donna Langlois always heard at Thanksgiving dinner was: Mom, why did you make all this food? And sure enough, she had done it again.
There was the 23-pound turkey, two kinds of stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries, dinner rolls, parsnips, turnips, squash, peas, creamed onions, beets, asparagus, three kinds of pie and cranberry bread.
But this year the big spread was not such a big deal. The world intruded on the holiday, distracting from it with a shadow dance of war. Donna wanted to think America was right to send troops to the Persian Gulf. But who knew?
Her mind did flips about it. Iraq can't be permitted to take over Kuwait, she reasoned. But did America get involved to defend principles or oil? The answer almost depended on which network news program she tuned in.