Friday, November 20, 2009

friday five: thinking about thanksgiving

At Revgals Jan writes:

The Cure

Lying around all day
with some strange new deep blue
weekend funk, I'm not really asleep
when my sister calls
to say she's just hung up
from talking with Aunt Bertha
who is 89 and ill but managing
to take care of Uncle Frank
who is completely bed ridden.
Aunt Bert says
it's snowing there in Arkansas
on Catfish Lane, and she hasn't been
able to walk out to their mailbox.
She's been suffering
from a bad case of the mulleygrubs.
The cure for the mulleygrubs,
she tells my sister,
is to get up and bake a cake.
If that doesn't do it, put on a red dress.

--Ginger Andrews (from Hurricane Sisters)

So this Friday before Thanksgiving, think about Aunt Bert and how she'll celebrate Thanksgiving! And how about YOU?

1. What is your cure for the "mulleygrubs"?

Not a cure, exactly, but as a means to get moving I pick one task that will offer the satisfaction of having completed something. Making the bed always works. After that I can usually do another task. The best sustained therapy is to create something.

2. Where will you be for Thanksgiving?
We’ve been invited to join the family of some friends, so we will be there for dinner, but otherwise home doing who knows what.

3. What foods will be served? Which are traditional for your family?
I have no idea what foods will be served where we are dining. Growing up we had the usual fare, except that I didn’t like potatoes, so there was always a rice dish. For several years I made a pumpkin roll for dessert that continues to be a favorite.

4. How do you feel about Thanksgiving as a holiday?
Love the four day weekend, hated the traffic back when I would drive to my Mom’s (I haven’t lived in the same area for 15 years). I was always glad to be with my family. We usually had others join us, which changed up the dynamic a bit. Playing charades was standard after-dinner fare. Since moving elsewhere I’ve pretty much been an orphan at Thanksgiving, so the experience is different from what it was.

5. In this season of Thanksgiving, what are you grateful for?

I’ve been feeling pretty beaten up lately, so right now I would have to say that I am grateful that I have the strength of inner resources to get me through. God is a huge part of that, as are other faithful people who have been companions on this rocky stretch of journey.


Sally said...

May you be blessed this thanksgiving, and find time and space to be and to recover.

RevDrKate said...

Like your answer to #5...what would we do without....

Mompriest said...

beaten up? me too...sigh, so yes, grateful for inner resoureces, friends, and a good husband. Hope you enjoy your day with your friends.

The Bug said...

My cure for the mulleygrubs is usually to eat something. Here's hoping that I can change that pattern!

I'm sorry life is so hard right now, but you're right about the source of strength. Keep hanging on.

Jan said...

Wishing you peace and nurturing over this Thanksgiving period. I'm sorry things are difficult. Take care.

angela said...

My daughter hates potatoes too--scraped the mashed potatoes off her tongue at age one...and hasn't been tempted by so much as a french fry since. Glad to know there's another American like her.

I hope you find unexpected little bits that you need on your Thanksgiving day. How nice to take a break from the cooking of the whole thing. Blessings.

Auntie Knickers said...

I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving and glad that you have all you mentioned in #5. And don't be afraid to suggest the charades this year!


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