Thank you for the blessings
The holiday season is beginning and Thanksgiving is nearly here! Here’s some interesting science for you: as you’ve probably heard on the news, throwing a frozen turkey into a deep fryer or even the oven can cause it to explode. This is because frozen meat is full of moisture. When the meat experiences a sudden spike in temperature from the overload of heat, the moisture inside it is vaporized and turns to gas molecules. Those molecules have energy and want to expand outward, causing a change in pressure (think PV = nRT). Since the volume of the meat can be considered constant, this causes the meat to explode. Where I’m from, the local fire department gives out an annual warning to everyone: Be sure you completely thaw out your turkey before you cook it.
Anyways, I hope you all have a good break. I will leave you with a Thanksgiving story.
Every other year or so, my parents, two brothers and I will all pile in the car and drive to Battle Creek, MI to spend Thanksgiving with our relatives out on their farm. The drive from our house north of Chicago normally takes three to three and a half hours. However, traveling on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is notoriously slow, and despite our best efforts that same drive has taken us six hours three different times.
The first time this happened was several years ago. None of us kids had school that day so we were able to leave in the afternoon, before rush hour. “We’ll be there in time for dinner!” we said.
The snow started falling before we hit the Michigan border. Soon enough it turned into a full-on blizzard. When we got to Kalamazoo, the whole highway came to a complete standstill. And then, we just sat. At one point, Dad got out and dusted off the windshield because the snow was so heavy the wipers couldn’t clear it. Up and down the road, other people were doing the same. Some called out greetings. One guy stood in the thick snow drinking out of a thermos, and another cracked his window and turned up the radio.
“They’re moving up ahead!” someone shouted several minutes later. Everyone hopped back in their cars and got ready to crawl forward.
Six hours after we’d left and well after dark, we finally made it to the house. Needless to say, we were very late for dinner. But Thanksgiving is about the things you’re thankful for, and we were thankful to all be together.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and thank you Lord for all the blessings.