Accidents, Turkey, and Thanksgiving (Writer’s Workshop)

This is one of those weeks where none of the prompts seems to call out to me and say “write me!” So, I’ll choose the one that says “write a post inspired by the word: accident,” hoping that I might run into an idea by accident while I ramble.

I’m sure you’re familiar with Bob Ross, who had a show called The Joy of Painting (as in portraits and still lives, not as in interior decorating) on PBS for a number of years. He used to say, “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” Notice he said happy accidents, which are different from the regular kind, like falling down the stairs or running your car into someone or something.

I have a friend, Bernard, who used to drive me to the airport back in my traveling days. One day we had just left my subdivision and got in an accident with a lady who ran a red light. She thought it was all right to turn left because the person in the lane beside her turned right, which you can do if the light is red and have checked to make sure it’s safe. Anyway, she hit Bernard’s car on an angle. She was driving a Ford Tempo, he was driving a Cadillac Sedan de Ville. Her car was fine; Bernard’s was totaled. Fortunately, none of us was hurt, though Bernard caught the airbag right in his face, so he was stunned for a while. I missed my flight, but that didn’t matter; I was more worried about him.

The only kinds of accidents I get into anymore are the kind where I do something on the computer that I hadn’t intended on doing. This morning, for example, I kept shutting down my browser every time I thought I was just closing a tab. After about the fifth or sixth time, I decided I had had enough and did something else. It’s aggravating, yes, but not a painful accident.

I don’t know if you’d consider this an accident, but one year around this time Mom was talking to one of her colleagues at school, who told her that she put the Thanksgiving turkey in the night before and cooked it overnight at a low temperature (like 200° F). Mom thought this was a great idea and put the turkey in the oven at 10:00 Wednesday night. When she got up at 7:00 the next morning, the turkey was done. Thing was, she had invited a couple of her sisters over for Thanksgiving and said that we’d eat at 4. She called them, they had a good laugh about it, and we had Thanksgiving lunch instead of dinner. The turkey was all right, a little dry maybe, and when one of my aunts went to get it out of the roasting pan, the wings and legs came off in her hands. But it was good, as I recall.

Cranberries, just because. Source: Pixabay

I hope you have a wonderful and accident-free Thanksgiving, and that your turkey isn’t done at 7:00 AM.

18 thoughts on “Accidents, Turkey, and Thanksgiving (Writer’s Workshop)

  1. Great job with the ‘accident’ prompt – I remember Bob Ross – I loved watching him paint. Glad the car accident wasn’t worse, and that you were both okay and that Thanksgiving meal turned out well. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mary – hope it is enjoyable and quiet!

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  2. Many years I baked a turkey on low overnight. We usually ate between noon & 2, so that worked out great for us. I usually put strips of bacon over the turkey which kept the turkey moist as it baked. No, it wasn’t a carvable turkey. It fell apart. And it didn’t make for a picture perfect golden roasted turkey that you’d take a photo of. But it tasted good.
    I love how you used the prompt and wrote about unfortunate accidents along with happy accidents.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanmks! Hope your Thanksgiving was good, too. With turkey, it just has to be fully cooked. What it looks like doesn’t matter, although having a nice browned turkey is always preferable. There are some people who swear by cooking bags to get it right: it cooks quickly, it seals in the moisture and gives a nice color.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving, John. Used to watch Bob Ross sometimes. Fortunately no accidents with turkeys so far, other than them being still frozen and I have to do some more defrosting.

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  4. Hi John – car accidents are usually just ‘silly mistakes’ (oh yes occasionally disastrous) … but they happen and are plain inconvenient to someone – glad Bernard was alright. Computers – shall we leave that subject! Enjoy the day … and Happy Thanksgiving to one and all … we’ve had ours up here … and now to Christmas turkey … cheers – Hilary

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  5. I remember the turkey incident. I think your mother -used to do stuff like that just so she’d have a another story to tell for the next ten years. – Miss her a lot on days like today.

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  6. I always found Bob Ross a bit creepy…poor Bob Ross but if you don’t watch what he is doing and just listen to his voice, you think …porn. Ok maybe it’s just me. Sometimes there are happy accidents but funny, that we think of the bad ones first.

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  7. Thanks for adding a touch of humor to the accidents that come our way in life. Anytime we can walk away from certain disaster is a plus in my book.

    Opted for a variation on my usual Thanksgiving menu this year and decided to cook several turkey breasts instead of the usual 30+ pound bird. This because no one in the family prefers dark meat. Oddly enough, all the local markets were out of extra turkey legs and wings, seems like I wasn’t the only one choosing not to have Tom on the table. And, I did a terrific flank roast in addition to all the favorite side dishes. It worked out perfectly…the turkey sliced like butter and got rave reviews.

    Thanks for bringing up Bob Ross. Now…”happy little trees”, “happy little accidents” and “happy little everything” will be dancing in my head.

    Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving, John!

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  8. I think a car accident would be my least preferred. Those are scary! One of my dishes exploded on the stove top on Thanksgiving Day and shards of glass fell into all of my side dishes…the turkey was saved but after a day of cooking I definitely was not thrilled about that accident. We had to throw out a lot of the food I cooked! Boooo!

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    1. Man, that sucks. All that work (and Thanksgiving dinner is always a lot of work) and you have to get rid of it so no one gets seriously injured. It’s one of those things where you can’t be too careful.

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