T — Thinking of what I have to be grateful for
H — Happy for my friends
A — And happy for my family
N — Nothing can change that
K — Kissing family one by one
S — So they will stay and eat
G — Giving turkey, stuffing and all kinds of food
I — Inviting adults to stay all day, and
V — adVenturous kids, also
I — Inviting some to stay the night
N — Now hoping to say yes
G — Giving is a special thing; do it and be rewarded!
~ oldest daughter, 10
T — Thinking of my family
H — Having fun
A — And having thankful thoughts
N — Nice people sharing a nice meal
K — Kids break the wish bone
S — Singing … sighing
G — Giving thanks
I — Indians like Squanto
V — Very nice
I — Invade
N — November
G — Good people, grateful.
~ middle child, 8
And a contribution by youngest child, age 4:
“These are stools so they can sit around the campfire.
They’re kinda tall, though. The Indians are too little, they have to lay down.
Mommy … can I just eat them? My people want to stand.”
Happy Thanksgiving … may all your preparations be sweet and special.
May you enjoy a marshmallow or two — perhaps on top of some sweet potatoes.