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It Must Be…but…What If?
A Thanksgiving Poem
This holiday season, why not forego the formalities, relax, and embrace the opportunity to spend quality time with seldom-seen family members?
Celebrate All That Has Been...
And Give Thanks!
We believe it must be turkey
And potatoes, and green bean casserole.
We believe it must be yams
Whipped, with marshmallows.
We believe it must be gravy
And giblets and rolls.
And cranberry sauce,the once a year
Necessity sliced just so.
We believe it must be pumpkin pie
And pecan and ice cream.
We believe it must be solemn words
Thanks for things we dream.
We believe we must be dressed just so
Likewise the table.
We believe we must behave just so
Play the parts we are given.
But what if...
We suspend belief?
I bring you something I made
And wear my favorite clothes?
What if I sit on the floor at your feet
And ignore my assigned seat?
What if I am thankful for the fact that
I don't have a job and I do have my freedom?
What if I am thankful
That there is no script?
What if we drop all pretense
And really talk?
What if we sit long into the night
And listen and learn and really see?
What if we give thanks that, by evenings end,
We may have begun to know each other?
And give Thanks...
Copyright: SuzanneBennett: November 8, 2008
Create A New Tradition
Just So You Know,,,
I do actually love all the traditional stuff. The meal is great. But not at the expense of having genuine fellowship with family members I rarely see. Unfortunately, that is the way it sometimes is. There is so much stress around preparing the meal, getting it just right, making sure everyone can be seated around the table, etc., that there isn't really time to just sit around and enjoy each other. If one household puts on the meal, it is a big burden for them. I would love to do a casual potluck (traditional foods encouraged!) and just be able to kick back and relax, talk, maybe watch good movie!
Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!