What’s on Your Thanksgiving Table?


Thanks to Ronna Benjamin of the Better After 50 blog for this writing prompt. Visit her here: http://betterafter50.com/

In 2016, I bring to my Thanksgiving table:

  • Our decidedly un-Thanksgiving-ish Provençal tablecloth, which we bought in Spain, because why not? It’s mostly orange, and that feels like Thanksgiving to me.
  • Memories of the twenty-seven Thanksgivings I celebrated in in Europe, mostly in Germany. Frohes Fest, ihr lieben, und guten Appetit!
  • A relaxed attitude. I’m not trying any ambitious new recipes this year. I don’t have a bin full of November decorations—that’s just not my style, and that’s OK. Our home is welcoming, comfortable, and clean, and that’s good enough.
  • Stretchy pants. It has not been a good year for my waistline, but Thanksgiving is not the time to worry about that.
  • Joy at being able to spend Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family and Christmas with mine. No more melancholy Christmases for two, missing our loved ones across the ocean.
  • A spiny knot of worry about the state of our dear country, which I will try to soothe with pie and laughter.
  • A new song for our family guitar circle: John Lennon’s Imagine.
  • Gratitude for our good fortune, comfortable circumstances, and opportunities.
  • Freshly-sharpened determination to make new connections in my community, to do my part to hold back the wave of hate that threatens to drown our democracy. I only have my one little bucket to bail out the ship of state, but if we all bail together, we can stay afloat.

2 thoughts on “What’s on Your Thanksgiving Table?

  1. Stephanie Faris

    I think we’re all trying to forget the state of the country right now! Hopefully by next Thanksgiving we’ll feel a little better about things? I’m not so sure about that, though… Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  2. Stephanie Faris

    That would be the worst part of living overseas. A high school classmate moved to Germany with her husband and there seem to be so many great things about it. (Visiting all of Europe on vacation, for one.) But being so far away from family would suck.

    I love this: “I only have my one little bucket to bail out the ship of state, but if we all bail together, we can stay afloat.” SO true.


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