by Kiera Bell, Contributing Intern
Thanksgiving is one of the greatest times of year for college students. It’s a time to make those safe travels home or out of town to see loved ones and take a break from the stressful, gut wrenching feeling of an assignment that’s due. Most importantly, the main thing students look forward to is the food!
Anticipation of what will be served in students’ homes on thanksgiving is the talk around campus when the time is near – especially when the food on campus is not to the liking of the vast population. Speaking from experience, eating burgers, fries, pizza, sandwiches, and whatever “okay” meal we’re served on a daily basis does not really cut it for a lot of us. Many students haven’t seen a home cooked meal since their arrival to college in August. So when the slightest thought of your mother’s famous dish or your grandmother’s cooking presents itself, we jump for joy.
Everyone has their own preference of food choices on Thanksgiving, and most want to sample and eat everything they can fill their plates up with. I know for me, personally, I love my mom’s beef with potatoes, macaroni and cheese, vinegar chicken, greens, ham, turkey, buttered rolls, stuffing, and so much more. For a second there, I got even more excited for Thanksgiving! Traditionally, everyone comes to my mother’s house to feast, and we give thanks to the Lord, and remember those who couldn’t be with us on Thanksgiving Day.
When asked about a favorite dish on Thanksgiving and special family traditions, Delaware State University student Marquise Jones said, “Thanksgiving is a great time for me, especially getting away from the horrible food we have here and stress from work. Every year we all meet at my grandmother’s house and celebrate Thanksgiving there. My favorite dish of all time has to be the macaroni and cheese, baked beans, turkey, ham, and the greens.”
Tajjay Gordon adds, “I’m really looking forward to this holiday, I haven’t been home all semester so you know I can’t wait! My family doesn’t really have a tradition, but my mom makes sure we have great food every year. I love to eat my mom’s macaroni and cheese, candy yams, stuffing, turkey, and ham,”
Social media is flooded with memes and pictures of what people will be eating Thanksgiving Day. Some even add a little humor, like those with hashtag #ThanksgivingClapback, and the recent viral video featuring Shirley Caesar singing during a sermon where she mentions that she has beans, greens, potatoes, hams, chicken, turkey, etc. Now everyone is tweeting and retweeting this video and making jokes about what their grandmother or mother will be cooking Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving is a very important time of year. It’s not just for those like me who can’t wait for a home cooked meal. It is a time to give thanks, appreciate and spend time with family and friends…especially while the aroma of delicious Thanksgiving food fills the room.