I hosted Thanksgiving and had one bag of leftover "white meat" turkey (i.e. the "good" turkey), and one bag of leftover "dark meat" turkey. My mom loves the dark meat so I saved that bag for her to take with her. So, the next day I was looking around for the bag of the good turkey and couldn't find it, and I thought maybe my mom took the wrong bag by mistake. My mom didn't take any turkey at all. I fed 21 adults, so leftovers were pretty slim overall.
It turned out, a certain guest helped herself to the entire container of white meat and took it home with her, without mentioning it or saying anything to anyone. There wasn't an enormous amount of white meat left, probably about 1 lb. I did say that it was ok for people to take some leftovers if they wanted. I'm still kind of incredulous that someone would think that this was ok to take the entire container of the main event. Also, she didn't take any other leftovers. Just the WHITE MEAT. Like we were supposed to sit around eating plates of stuffing.
I'm not going to do anything about this. I love this person despite her being like this. This is not the first time I've been gobsmacked by her behavior. I'm not going to say anything to her. Next Thanksgiving I will probably tell my husband that if he wants some leftover white meat, he'd better box it up and hide it deep in the fridge.
But what the heck? Is this a normal thing? Am I gobsmacked over what other people would consider normal behavior?
Well, now I'm just glad I didn't have the white meat in a good container! I know what those dolmas things are and they're good. In my world when you go to a pot luck you take home ONLY what's left of what you brought.
I found out who took the turkey because I called my mom to find out if she'd accidentally take the wrong container of meat. She actually prefers the dark meat so I knew she would want to switch. That's when I found out she hadn't taken any. Then my mom found out who took it because I thought I must have just lost it, and so she was mourning the loss of the turkey to this person (my parents would have had leftovers with us the next day if there had been turkey - instead we just had soup), who then said that she took "some white meat so maybe that was it." Hah! Busted! If she'd said she really wanted it, I would have said to take it and I'd have made plans for ham or something to go with all the rest of the leftovers. It was just so weird trying to look all over for it and feeling like it must have gotten thrown away, especially when I remember putting it in the fridge.