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?”
Instead 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!