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Saturday, November 22 2014
Best Turkey Sandwich EVER!


I love turkey anyway. Not just the bird in all its glory when served with all the trimmings, but all the various ways to use leftovers as well. But there was one turkey sandwich that will forever remain in my memory as the best turkey sandwich I ever had in my life.

My youngest daughter was born on Thanksgiving. I woke in labor before the sun was up, but in spite of this being my fourth pregnancy, my labor was doomed to be very long. My husband was antsy about getting to the hospital on time, but the contractions were weak and far apart so I told him it wasn’t time yet. He eventually convinced me to at least head over to my mom’s house where we were expected for dinner later on anyway so at least the kids would be where they needed to be when the time came. Dinner came first, but being in labor, I knew I should not be gobbling down a heaping plate as usual so I picked, tasting a bit of this and a bit of that. Finally, by mid-afternoon the contractions had steadied to five minutes apart and I conceded.

Off to the hospital we went in anticipation of being parents again by supper time. NOT! It was a good thing I’d studied the relaxation techniques of Grantly Dick-Read because I never would have lasted using the Lamaze method. The hours stretched out as contractions came and went, my husband offered nearly continuous massage and doctors and nurses checked in and left again. Shortly before midnight, Lori finally decided to make her entrance, three minutes before the end of Thanksgiving. She was beautiful and healthy and all was right with my world.

Until the hemorrhaging began. It was my husband’s night from hell and I’m sure my physician was not happy to be dragged back to the hospital twice in the night either. Before dawn that crazy Friday I was in surgery. For four hours. And as anyone who’s had major surgery knows, afterwards they keep you on first a liquid diet, then a bland one. I had so been looking forward to having that plate of turkey as soon as everything was over. Friday and Saturday brought nothing but jello and herb tea and equally flavorless fare. But Sunday I was finally allowed to order off the regular menu.


My Mom, bless her heart forever, arrived during the lunch hour with a fat, luscious looking turkey sandwich. I tucked into that sandwich like I hadn’t eaten in weeks and it was the very best sandwich ever. I’ve since tried to duplicate it. I put all the same things into the sandwich my mom did, but never has one tasted so incredibly delicious. I still love turkey sandwiches and always will, but in my mind, that one can never be beat.

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Posted by: Skye Taylor AT 03:32 pm   |  Permalink   |  8 Comments  |  Email
Ah, but your Mom made that sandwich especially with love for you. Mom's are like that!
Posted by Victoria Chatham on 11/22/2014 - 03:56 PM
Greatest Thanksgiving story I've ever heard, and bless your mom and Lori! I like turkey sandwiches, too, on black rye with lots of salt, paper, and mayo which wipes out the healthy aspect.
Posted by Robin on 11/22/2014 - 05:01 PM
What a special memory! And a special sandwich!
Posted by Heidi M. Thomas on 11/22/2014 - 05:50 PM
Mom's are awesome! It's hard to repeat anything they make. There is so much love in it. :)
Posted by Marci Baun on 11/22/2014 - 08:03 PM
The best part of Thanksgiving is turkey sandwiches. I like mine plain with just a bit of mayo, butter, a piece of lettuce and LOTS OF TURKEY. Salt & pepper. Cranberries on the side are awesome. A hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy and a bit of stuffing rocks, too. Thanks for sharing with us.
Posted by judy copek on 11/23/2014 - 09:23 AM
Great story, Skye. For me, the best part of Thanksgiving is the sandwiches for the next few days. But I've never had one as special as yours.
Posted by Elizabeth Sinclair on 11/23/2014 - 03:40 PM
Sounds like your Mom put all of her love for you into that sandwich. After worrying about you for days, she was probably thrilled to be able to bring you something from her kitchen, along with her heart. Thanks for sharing that wonderful memory. And I'm sure your daughter loves to hear the story of her birth, since it's such a touching story, what with your husband's devotion in the continuous massages, along with your mom's love. And of course, your love once you held her in your arms.
Posted by Fiona McGier on 11/24/2014 - 12:08 PM
Fiona - She did worry - more than you might guess. She was deaf and couldn't talk on the phone so when my husband called to say I was going into surgery at 6:15 in the morning, my dad answered and being my dad, didn't ask any questions. So, my mom spent all those hours not knowing how serious things were and asking herself if women still died in childbirth any more. If my dad had told her about the call while he was still on the phone she'd have asked where Cal was and gone to wait with him at the hospital. It was not her happiest day for sure.
Posted by SkyeWriter on 11/24/2014 - 12:16 PM

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