Sunday of last week after I called in and killed a turkey behind our house, I asked Elaine if we could have wild turkey leg soup for Christmas Eve dinner - perhaps served with blackberry pie from the berries we gathered last July from the 38-tract we live on in Botetourt County, Virginia.
And today, Christmas Eve, Elaine made my meal dreams come true just like she has been the dream wife for the past 36 1/2 years. Our son Mark came over for dinner, and the three of us dined on the soup, cobbler, and vegetable dish that Elaine had prepared.
Adding to the local theme, after dinner we sat around the Christmas tree, a red cedar that we cut from our land. After Christmas, I will use that tree and several others to create some horizontal cover for songbirds and small mammals this winter.
Elaine is a fantastic cook. In fact, her recipe for the turkey soup once appeared in a story we wrote for the National Wild Turkey Federation. But she is an even more fantastic wife and helpmate.