Thanksgiving is a day for all the good,
the wicked, big and small
The joys are great the laughter loud
children run, they holler and shout
Let's not forget though the others out there
people are lonely, don't go anywhere
no family to turn to, no place to call home
no one even to call on the phone
Let's pray for those people all over the place
who're freezing and hungry and tears stain their face
Reach out and touch one soul on this day
smile at a stranger and maybe you'll pray
Now's the time to put hatred aside
to look for the good and open hearts wide
It's a time to give thanks to every small thing
it's a time for an angel to earn his wing
I want for all to know that I'm glad
for every great friend I have and had!
I hope love reaches every heart this Thanksgiving and all year long!
THINGS I'M THANKFUL FOR:
I'm thankful that I was blessed with
the miracle of having had another baby,
the fact that I have a healthy child
and that it is the boy I was praying for.
I'm also greatful for
my wonderful husband Donny,
my children David, Jenny and Benji,
my daughter-in-law Mandy
my soon son-in-law Chad and his family
and my wonderful grandchildren
My animals Sparky
Liquorice, Sparkles, Bubbles,
Cheerio, Nibbles, Pepper and the Chickens
For they make me take a time out
relax and release stress.
Lisa my wonderful friend and sister-in-law
My family, for they have made me who I am
All the hardships I've been through,
cause I feel that they shaped me,
gave me determination and will-power,
made me stronger,
taught me to appreciate people more, value friendship,
and gave me the empathy needed to be a good person.
My wonderful co-workers
Tari and Shawn in particular
since I work with them the most
I have not worked for a better bunch of people!!
Benji's teacher Mike
Of course I'm thankful for all of my friends,
past and present
and for those people who have touched my life
and didn't even know it.
For all the angels in my life,
for my health,
and for life in general!
Some cool sites for Thanksgiving:
More things to be thankful for:The partner who hogs the covers every night
The child who is not cleaning his room
but is watching tv
because that means he is at home
amd not on the streets
For the taxes that I pay
because it means I am employed
For the mess to clean after a party
because it means that I have been surrounded by friends
For the clothes that fit a little too snug
because it means I have enough to eat
For my shadow that watches me work
because it means I am in the sunshine
For a lawn that needs mowing
Windows that need cleaning
and gutters that need fixing
because it means I have a home
For all the complains I hear about the government
because it means that we have freedom of speech
For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot
because it means I am capable of walking
and that I have been blessed with transportation
For my huge heating bill
because it means I am warm
For the lady behind me in church that sings off key
because it means that I can hear
For the pile of laundry and ironing
because it means I have clothes to wear
For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day
because it means I have been capable of working hard
For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours
because it means that I'm alive
For too much e-mail
because it means I have friends who are thinking of me
Things that only sound right at Thanksgiving
* Talk about a huge breast!
* Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist.
* It's Cool Whip time!
* If I don't undo my pants, I'll burst!
* Whew, that's one terrific spread!
* I'm in the mood for a little dark meat.
* Are you ready for seconds?
* It's a little dry, do you still want some?
* Just wait your turn, you'll get some!
* Don't play with your meat.
* Just spread the legs open and stuff it in.
* Do you think you'll be able to handle all these people at once?
* I didn't expect everyone to come at once!
* You still have a little bit on your chin.
* How long will it take after you stick it in?
* You'll know it's ready when it pops up.
* Wow, I didn't think I could handle all of that!
* That's the biggest one I've ever seen!
* How long do I beat it before it's ready?
Martha Stewart will not be dining with us this Thanksgiving.
I'm telling you in advance, so don't act surprised. Since Ms. Stewart won't be coming, I've made a few small changes: Our sidewalk will not be lined with homemade, paper bag luminaries. After a trail run, it was decided that no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired welcoming effect. Once inside, our guests will note that the entry hall is not decorated with the swags of Indian corn and fall foliage I had planned to make. Instead, I've gotten the kids involved in the decorating by having them track in colorful autumn leaves from the front yard. The mud was their idea. The dining table will not be covered with expensive linens, fancy china, or crystal goblets. If possible we will use dishes that match and everyone will get a fork. Since this IS Thanksgiving, we will refrain from using the plastic Peter Rabbit plates and the Santa napkins from last Christmas.
Our centerpiece will not be the tower of fresh fruit and flowers that I promised. Instead we will be displaying a hedgehog-like decoration hand-crafted from the finest construction paper. The artist assures me it is a turkey. We will be dining fashionably late. The children will entertain you while you wait. I'm sure they will be happy to share every choice comment I have made regarding Thanksgiving, pilgrims and the turkey hotline. Please remember that most of these comments were made at 5:00 a.m. upon discovering that the turkey was still hard enough to cut diamonds.
As accompaniment to the children's recital, I will play a recording of tribal drumming. If the children should mention that I don't own a recording of tribal drumming, or that tribal drumming sounds suspiciously like a frozen turkey in a clothes dryer,ignore them. They are lying.
We toyed with the idea of ringing a dainty silver bell to announce the start of our feast. In the end, we chose to keep our traditional method. We also decided against a formal seating arrangement. When the smoke alarm sounds, please gather around the table and sit where you like. In the spirit of harmony, we ask the children to sit at a separate table. In a separate room. Next door.
Now, I know you have all seen the pictures of one person carving a turkey in front of a crowd of appreciative onlookers. This will not be happening at our table. For safety reasons, the turkey will be carved in a private ceremony. I stress "private" meaning: Do not, under any circumstances, enter the kitchen to laugh at me. Do not send small, unsuspecting children to check on my progress. I have an electric knife. The turkey is unarmed. It stands to reason that I will eventually win. When I do, we will eat.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind my young diners that "passing the rolls" is not a football play. Nor is it a request to bean your sister in the head with warm tasty bread.
Before I forget, there is one last change. Instead of offering a choice between 12 different scrumptious desserts, we will be serving the traditional pumpkin pie, garnished with whipped cream and small fingerprints. You will still have a choice: "Take it or leave it."
Martha Stewart will not be eating with us this Thanksgiving.She probably won't come next year either.
I am thankful.