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A Child's Musings

Updated on December 1, 2014

My writing career started quite late in life. I wasn't a very good student in school so I never in my wildest dreams could ever imagine becoming a writer and in all probability neither could any of my English teachers. That being said I think it’s important to encourage young writers. I’m adding this short Thanksgiving essay written by a 9 year old girl named Lucy. I think she has the talent to be an excellent writer as she progresses through her formative years and into adulthood. Please read and let her know you’re pulling for her.

Thanksgiving Day

By Lucy Z.

I sprinted around my house scanning all of the rooms to see if my house was ready for Thanksgiving. My eyes shone with excitement as the doorbell rang. It was the first time that we were hosting Thanksgiving at our house and I was overjoyed. I skipped to the door silently guessing that my Grandma and Grandpa were the first ones to arrive at our Thanksgiving feast. I knew I was correct when I swung the front door open. “Hi Grandma, hi Grandpa,” I chirped. “Hi Lucy, Happy Thanksgiving,” they greeted me, grinning from ear to ear. “Come in,” I invited them, moving out of their way. They peaked inside and gazed around. “Very decorative,” Grandpa said. “Thanks, I helped with the decorations,” I nodded proudly. I smiled and looked at the table’s setup for Thanksgiving. This will be the best Thanksgiving ever!

I glanced around at everyone hugging each other in a greeting. “Alright everyone, time to eat,” my Dad said as he clapped his hands together to get everyone’s attention. I rushed to the first chair I saw and sat down. The golden brown turkey sat in the middle of the table. I breathed in the aroma of the mashed potatoes that sat in front of me. The warm soup bubbled. “Hey, we will eat in a moment,” a voice snapped me out of my thoughts. I stared confused at the man who spoke to me. My cheeks turned bright red as I realized I was drooling. I wiped my mouth and looked at the table hiding my face. “Sorry Uncle Graig,” I muttered. I didn’t hear his response through all of the chattering. My spirits quickly lifted again as my Mom put a plate of all kinds of delicious foods in front of me. Steam came from the mashed potatoes and pieces of turkey that made my mouth water. The warm tomato soup smelled so good and strong that I could practically taste it already. I picked up my fork and started with the mashed potatoes. When it finally got into my mouth, I wished that I could taste the warm scent forever. I continued to eat and eat. “How do you like the potatoes?” I turned to look at my Aunt Dianna. “They’re awesome,” I mumbled with my mouth full. “That’s good,” she laughed. The next thing I knew, I ate up all the food on my plate.

Dinner was now over and everyone was stuffed. People were starting to leave. I gave them a hug and waved goodbye. When everyone left, my eyelids felt heavy. I closed my eyes and let sleep wash over me.


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      Rich M. 7 months ago

      Lucy, you definitely have a way with words. I enjoyed reading about your Thanksgiving feast but I did find it a bit odd that there was no mention of the delicious gravy and stuffing. I also thought it strange that there was nothing said about the pumpkin pie and apple pie along with the mountains of tasty whipped cream. However, the bottom line is that you did make my mouth water which caused me to raid the refrig.

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      Henry R. 3 years ago

      This story is well written I can picture the Thanksgiving Scene you have written about. Keep writing. You have a lot of talent. You will be published some day.

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      Leesleez 3 years ago from New York

      Lucy [and I] want to thank all who have responded to Thanksgiving Day with such accolades. Hopefully these nice comments will spur Lucy on to continue writing throughout her life.

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      Eileen G. 3 years ago

      Beautifully written! I'm looking forward to reading more stories from this author.

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      Lainie 3 years ago

      I loved your story, Lucy. I felt as if I were in the room with you, and I wish I was. You paint a beautiful picture of a warm loving family and a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Great job!

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      Rad 3 years ago

      Seems like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you made it seem like we were all there to enjoy it with you .Keep up with your writing ,you do it well!

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      Betty P. 3 years ago

      Lucy - I enjoyed reading your delightful Thanksgiving essay. Your descriptions of the actual dinner made me hungry! I felt as though I was sitting among your family and seeing everything and smelling the delicious aromas. You write beautifully Lucy and I, along with everyone else, look forward to your next story. Thanks for sharing.

      Good Luck,


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      James Bowden 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Lucy excellent job - so much detail in such a short story. And it was so descriptive that I could imagine myself sitting there with your family. Eating that Yummy golden brown turkey and sipping the warm tomato soup too!

      Your story is right out of a Dickens classic to say the least. I sure hope there is going to be a continuation of this short story? Hopefully one for right around the Christmas Holiday! (; Keep up the good work - you're well on your way to becoming a great writer!

      All The Best!


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      loren866 3 years ago

      Lucy, you write so well I enjoyed reading your Thanksgiving feast with such a wonderful and loving family. My mouth watered with your food description and I felt like I was also present at the table. Keep up with the writing and you are going to be a great writer in the future. Looking forward to seeing your next story in the future.

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      Nancy N. 3 years ago

      Lucy, what a wonderful story, well written and detailed. I also felt that I was sitting at the table with you and enjoying the great food that you described so well. Keep up with your writing and I am sure we will be reading one of your novels in the near future.

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      Cory 3 years ago

      Lucy, you painting a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving picture. Well done and I enjoyed reading it!

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      Maureen M. 3 years ago

      Lucy, I loved your story and I loved the way you described everything. It sounded like a wonderful Thanksgiving day with a wonderful family - the kind of family everyone would love to have. Keep writing!

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      ookums-theorem 3 years ago

      I love seeing the world through a child's exuberance. She has a visual and descriptive writing style. I would very much like to see how she develops her style and voice. Keep writing Lucy :D

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      ellen w 3 years ago

      Lucy, your enthusiastic lively description of greeting your guests helped me feel the excitement of a family celebrating Thanksgiving together. I could almost taste and smell the aroma of the feast! You have a talent for writing and creating memorable feelings.

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      Tom Cooper 3 years ago

      Lucy, I loved your descriptive language and economical sentence structure. And spelling(LOL), a foundation for a great writer. Keep up the great work, Lucy!

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      Patti F 3 years ago

      Lucy, your essay was so descriptive that I could taste those mashed potatoes and smell that tomato soup. You are so lucky to have such a loving family to share your holiday with.

      I look forward to reading your next story. Keep up the good work.

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      Don M 3 years ago

      Lucy Keep up the good work, like they say hard work pays off, I hope that you and your family had a Happy Thanksgiving.

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      Stephen 3 years ago

      Well written -- the story moved along nicely -- easy to read -- I had to laugh at this line, "My cheeks turned bright red as I realized I was drooling. I wiped my mouth and looked at the table hiding my face. “Sorry Uncle Graig,” I muttered."

      Good sense of humor!

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      Rich T 3 years ago

      Your Thanksgiving story was beautiful and very well written. It's sounded like a wonderful Thanksgiving. Keep writing!!

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      Dawn 3 years ago

      Lucy - Your story is the best story I've ever read about Thanksgiving! You've described the feeling and spirit of Thanksgiving beautifully. You put into words how I and so many people feel on Thanksgiving. To be able to capture Thanksgiving in such a way is a gift.

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      Kim 3 years ago

      The story was very descriptive . You painted a beautiful Thanksgiving Day with your writing. Lucy, I can not wait to read your next story.

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      That’s a great story and well-written. It’s amazing that Lucy is only nine and has such a great command of writing and expression.

      The way Lucy described the scene made me feel like I was right there with the family. I could feel the positive mood as everyone arrived for the Thanksgiving family get-together.

      Well done, indeed. I hope Lucy writes more. Hey Lee, we miss you in the Forums.

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      alan 3 years ago

      This is amazing writing so well done. Having worked in a high school, the material students well above Lucy's age and education for the most part could never come close to the quality of this work. Absolutely awesome and the talent is truly there. You go girl!!

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      Ron R. 3 years ago

      Nicely done young Lucy! I thoroughly enjoyed the read from the beginning to end. You should be proud of your writing & thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving Day !

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      Lynne 3 years ago

      It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving Day was written by a 9 year old... It was so well written that I pictured everyone sitting at the table... almost as if I was there. I particularly liked "My cheeks turned bright red as I realized I was drooling"... it sounds like something I would do.

      You have a great talent and I look forward to reading more of your stories..

      Christmas is around the corner...:)