This past Sunday was Orthodox Easter. My wife's mother what is Russian Orthodox and her family always had the traditional Orthodox Russian Easter dinner. So for the last few years, my wife and I have hosted that same dinner on Orthodox Easter. We invite her cousins on her mother's side and their children over to our house in Endicott for dinner. Everyone brings a dish to pass and we all have a great time. I try and help out as much as I can because my wife does the majority of the cooking. I mashed and mixed the mashed potatoes, put the ham and kielbasa on serving plates, and made the relish plates.  I set the two tables, one in the dining room and the folding table in the front room, and after everyone was done eating I washed all the dishes. I loaded the dishwasher first and started that going, but they wouldn't all fit, and the china cannot go in the dishwasher so that all had to be washed by hand. Not to mention all the pots and pans. After the dishes were done we got the desserts out and people settled in around the dining room table to play a couple of dice games. Others sat in the living room watching the Yankees' game on TV.

While they were playing the games after the desserts were served, I was in the kitchen doing the dishes from dessert. I went to wash a long-handled two prong serving fork which we used to dish out the ham. Prior to dinner, when I pulled the serving fork out of the drawer, my wife Chris looked at me and said 'someone's going to stab themselves with that'. She was right! As I was washing it I ended up sticking it in my finger to the point where it hit my bone. Damn that thing was sharp. (The weapon is seen in the picture above on top of the ham and kielbasa) and It didn't hurt too badly but I couldn't get it to stop bleeding. Finally, after putting pressure on it for about 10 minutes or so, the blood stopped. I continued washing the dishes which caused my finger to burn even more.

The food was awesome, the company was great, and everyone had an awesome time. If I have to lose a little blood for everyone to enjoy themselves, then I guess that's the sacrifice I have to make.

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