For 25 years, I drove with my family to my hometown of New Ulm, Minnesota, to celebrate Thanksgiving with my mother. My wife and I dutifully packed up the kids and made the two-hour drive from St. Paul. My mother died in 1999–during Thanksgiving, as a matter of fact–and after that I decided that our time had come–my family would now come to our house for Thanksgiving, and other holidays.
Turns out that, since my daughter got married and moved to Chicago in 2004, we have been going there for Thanksgiving. Now, instead of driving 100 miles, I drive 400 miles for the holiday! And in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois, the Thanksgiving weekend is extremely volatile with regard to weather; read, we can get some nasty snow storms. As I write this on the eve of Thanksgiving, 2007, it is snowing in St. Paul and in Chicago!
But–we are expecting the snow to be light in both places, so off we go. I actually enjoy the drive as long as I don’t have to fight the weather.
Stay tuned. I’ll show you a few pictures before the weekend is over.
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