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It Must Be…but…What If?

Updated on November 9, 2008

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...

Photographer Scott Robinson: Attribution License:
Photographer Scott Robinson: Attribution License:

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...

What if...

We suspend belief?

And tradition?

And script?

What if...

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

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!

:) JustMeSuzanne


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  • Alberto Trevino profile image

    Alberto Trevino 

    10 years ago from Modesto, California

    Good out-of-the-box thinking! I liked it. Thanks for writing it and keep on hubbing.

  • Melissa G profile image

    Melissa G 

    10 years ago from Tempe, AZ

    I agree--this is beautiful! Thank you for capturing the essence of thanksgiving, Suzanne! I do love the food part (how could you not???), but the vision you've set forth here is inspiring, and will keep this in mind while celebrating the holiday this year.

  • Lisa HW profile image

    Lisa HW 

    10 years ago from Massachusetts

    Suzanne, this a very nice piece; and I think many people could have nicer holidays if they didn't allow them to turn into one, big, giant, stress nightmare (then again, I'm a fan of formal dinner, particularly if I'm not the one cooking it). :)

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    Susan Reid 

    10 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

    If ever there was a year for this novel approach it's this year. Thanks for putting it so beautifully. One year I truly hope to spend a holiday in a completely non-traditional way without ANY family except my hubby. In a beach house. And we will invite friends.

    Welcome to HubPages.... keep writing these inspirational hubs!

  • RGraf profile image

    Rebecca Graf 

    10 years ago from Wisconsin

    Thank you so much! I dread the holidays only because of the pressure put upon us by the family and friends that everything HAS to be just so and if it is not the world will end!

    I needed to read this today. Thanks.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Texas

    Thank you!

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    10 years ago

    That is really, really beautiful. I am stunned, touched, and challanged to see this Thanksgiving in a new light. Thank you for sharing this.


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