Thanksgiving Turkey Neck… WHERE’S THE JUSTICE?

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It’s Thanksgiving time and one of my favorite holidays of the year. It’s been hard times for many, but there’s so much to be grateful for as well. And let’s face it, this is the holiday that calls you out… One simply has to find something, anything to be grateful for or be considered churlish.

I like to send Thanksgiving cards, probably because I don’t send Christmas cards.  So last week I headed out to my local card store. But as I perused the Thanksgiving cards I was unexpectedly drawn up short. The neck on the cute turkey looked oddly familiar. Uh-oh. I swallowed as my hand wrapped around my throat.

This store had a small mirror next to a sunglass display and I sidled up to it. I held the card with the turkey picture next to my face. Gosh! We’re almost twins… sisters from another mother. Uh-oh.

You might be asking if this is the first time I’ve noticed my neck. No… yes. I have a mirror, I see it every day. But this is the first time I’ve had a chance to compare it to a cartoon picture of a turkey neck.

I casually moved away from the mirror and back into the aisle. I put all the cards with the pictures of turkeys back on the rack. Truth is, I didn’t want the sales clerk to make the same connection. “How lovely,” I imagined her saying, “You look just like your sister? Mother? Aunt?”

jacqueline gum. where's the justice, thanksgivingInstead I chose several cards that had pictures of lovely cornucopias coupled with beautiful messages. There is no way I look anything like a cornucopia, and I am immensely grateful for that. It’s now at the top of my thank you list, believe me. I silently said so right there in the store with my neck craned skyward and I continued to thank the universe all the way to my car with my head tilted up.

Where’s The Justice this Thanksgiving? Maybe I have a turkey neck, but thank the Lord I in no way resemble a horn of plenty. It’s something, right? No churlish behavior for me!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! I wish all of you a wonderful, bountiful holiday full of love and most important… laughter![subscribe2]

52 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Turkey Neck… WHERE’S THE JUSTICE?

  1. I am kind of glad I am tardy in catching up on my Justice fix…. because looking back at the hardest part of cooking my Thanksgiving turkey— I hate rooting for the neck. Had I read this, I may have been tempted to slink off to my bathroom mirror and make sure… you know?

  2. I know I will get a neck one day. I can see it sometimes when people take pictures at the wrong angle. My fathers neck. Kind of where you chin just blends with your neck and goes from there. Ugh.

  3. After hunting throughout the Thanksgiving week and taking my first turkeys ever (and ON Thanksgiving morning to boot) I can say that I don’t know ANYONE who has a turkey neck. Or turkey feet. Maybe a few with those painful spurs but not turkey necks or feet.

    Thanks for the chuckle! I wasn’t expecting your post to take that direction but it was a pleasant and entertaining surprise!

  4. It’s safe to say I’ll most likely think of you the next time I see a turkey neck. The connection won’t be physical though, it will be due to the power of your hilarious literary comparison. Here’s to good moisturizer and effective sunscreen ;)

    • NOW… you tell me about the moisturizer and sunscreen! LOL Glad you got a laugh out of the post Jeri. Thanks for stopping by!

    • That is so nice! Actually, I’ve been getting that for years! A cab driver in San Francisco drove along side me as I walked on the sidewalk INSISTING that I was Reba! I finally, just waved and went inside a store! I’m very flattered by the comparison, by the way. Thanks!

  5. You are so funny! Hey AGE has nothing to do with this now Jacqueline. You do know that because of all the texting people do, people of ALL ages are getting a Turkey neck. Cornucopias are way more fun in my mind anyway.

    Gobble gobble!

  6. Hi Jacquie: I’ve never sent TG cards, but then, TG is npt as big a deal in Canada as it is in the US.

    Regarding necks, I remember when I was a teen and a friend of mine’s mother gave us some tips about skin care. She said, “Always apply moisturizer liberally to your neck so that you don’t end up looking like a turkey when you get older.” Great advice I adhere to to this day.

    Happy TG to you.

  7. I had a good old chuckle about this and felt thankful that I was not the only one that sees something that only I would compare myself to :)
    We do not celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, but I like the whole premise of it. I try to live in gratitude daily but it is nice to also have occasions where you feel immensely grateful. I think this happens to me on Christmas Day, my birthday and anniversary, plus my husband and sons birthdays.
    There is so much to be thankful for, what a great idea to have a day for it!

  8. There once was a woman named Gum,
    Whose smile could warm like the sun.
    Life’s far more complex
    Than bottoms and necks
    And Jacquie’s a winner, bar none!

  9. Hmm! I don’t like turkey meat at all. Now that you mentioned the neck, I had better study mine, to see if there’s anything about that ugly turkey, that looks like me. On second thought, I doubt it. Happy Thanksgiving. Don’t cringe, when one of your loved ones bites into that neck.:)
    You are so funny.Blessings.

  10. Getting old takes getting used to, doesn’t it?:-) Personally like the fact that I’m wiser but am not keen on how the body changes. Was photographed for an article in a newspaper recently and made them take more of a profile shot in order to look “the way I’m used to looking”.

    Apart from that, I like the spirit of Thanksgiving and give thanks on a daily basis for positive things that happen. Honestly believe the world would be a better place if more people looked at what they should be grateful for instead of just complaning.

  11. Funny post Jacquie! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving with your friends and family, and I can honestly say there would never be a similarity drawn between you and a turkey!

    Thank you for sharing!

  12. I think sending Thanksgiving Day cards is such a great idea. I have trouble enough getting a few Christmas cards out, that may be a better idea.

    You are way too funny. There are always blessing aren’t there? It’s hard for me to imagine you having a turkey neck. Nevertheless, I wish you the best of holidays and a very happy turkey day.

  13. Hahahahahahahhahahahhahahhahha…you are too funny. My dear, unless the photo above is severely out of date, I think bad lighting and a vivid imagination have more to do with your so called, “turkey neck” than reality. Thank you for the laugh and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    • Uh…not so out of date really, the photo I mean! Thanks as always for reading and taking the time to comment. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well. Even though Canadians do not honor this b=very American holiday, maybe a turkey dinner is in your future anyway :)

  14. Happy Thanksgiving to you pretty lady.
    Like reading your posts.
    A smile on my face :)
    P.S. You have No turkey neck that I have seen!

    • Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Diane! I’m happy the post made you smile. Have a beautiful time with that beautiful family of yours:)

  15. OK….you gave me a great laugh, Girl! But, like Shari said, NO resemblance to that turkey neck! NONE. Happy Thanksgiving to you…..and so grateful for your words of Sunday wisdom and your friendship.

  16. The neck might be similar, but you have much better legs and a much prettier face. :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) Jacquie and everyone out there. I am thankful that I have such amazing and talented friends in the writers’ world!

  17. You silly girl! The last thing you have is a turkey neck….. But like you, I’m truly grateful for everything left on my body that is still in working order as well as our precious friendship.
    Love you girlfriend,
    J squared two for ever and ever….

  18. Somehow I’d never associated my turkey neck with Thanksgiving, but now that image will be hard to erase! (Gee, thanks.) I have so many things to be thankful for, however, that a turkey neck is not a big deal in the overall scheme of things.
    Thank you for giving me a laugh today. I hope you have a joyous Thanksgiving holiday.

  19. And I’m thankful for great writers and bestie friends – like you :) Have a blessed Thanksgiving and thanks for waking me up every Sunday morning with your clever words!!! And, for the record, your neck bears no resemblance whatsoever to that of a turkey, but expect you’re allowed a bit of literary license…

    • Awww… ditto to the first… and thanks for the second. As to the third… I’m thankful that you keep losing your glasses :) Have a wonderful holiday my friend :)

  20. ROFL
    Dearest Jacquline. Honestly now. I could see the cartoon turkey picture and I compared it to your picture. I couldn’t see the slightest resemblence!!
    (I could see some with me – but that’s another story…)
    But I love the way you wrote your blog post! It made me laugh – thank you very much!
    And happy Thanksgiving!

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