Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thank You.

Truth: I used to not like Thanksgiving. What with all the family dynamics, dysfunction, all those dishes to wash. I did not particularly like turkey, the stuffing heavy with slivered mushrooms ground, impossible to pick out. Pumpkin pie is only good the first few fork-fulls, you know, pecan pie tasty if it weren't for the actual pecans. No, I did not like any of it until now. This second. Today, with a kindergartener. Hands traced into toms, feathers glued to gourds. This hat made from bunched up paper bags so that it looks as if she has two turkey legs on top of her head. And that freaking smile.


I guess finally I get it. The gratitude. The giving, the on-my-knees, no way, why me, how did I get here, how am I so lucky? The kiss their cheeks by the fire, a quick inhalation of laughter, the actual taste of thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

5 comments:

Michelle M in KY said...

OH SUSANNAH...
I get it too! I feel blessed.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

krista said...

"the actual taste of thank you." tis good.
happy thanksgiving to you and yours, my friend.

A Perfect Gray said...

beautiful. thank YOU.

mosey (kim) said...

As an expat Canadian, I've always been a bit *meh* about Thanksgiving. Until I had my now 8yo who has filled it up with joy for me.

A happy day to you and your family.

Maggie said...

this is really beautiful. being a mother must be such a crazy thing.