Today I’m writing about Thanksgiving. I know I’m tardy, but that’s not too surprising. My license plate reads, “ILBL8.” *smile*
How was your holiday? I hope it was filled with moments that will become warm memories of family and food and perhaps, football. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about in the South, at least where I come from.
We celebrated on Thanksgiving Day with a feast at my hubby’s folks.’ His ninety-one-year-old grandmother was there. I have to wonder what she thinks of the world today. It’s so different than the one she grew up in. In many ways, the world of her youth was more like the books I write – a simpler time, a less ‘sophisticated’ time, perhaps. She watched very patiently as we all glanced at our smart phones throughout the afternoon, while my daughter and niece took lots of photos for “Snapchat” and sent them off to friends, and then while we all checked our Twitter feeds for the latest news on games and players. Yes, the world has changed.
Thanksgiving is a day to spend celebrating your blessings, big and small. It seems ironic to me how our society has managed to change the day after Thanksgiving into one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Of all days, it seems that Friday might be a day to say, “No, I just realized I’m at peace with what I have. Thanks anyway.”
I know, I know – it’s about the sales – and the opportunity to get a head start on Christmas. But it just seems funny to me, juxtaposed as it is with a Day of Thanks.
In honor of the occasion, I wrote a silly poem that I want to share with you today.
On this sweet Thanksgiving Day
I bow my head low and take time to pray
For I, among all, am so richly blessed --
As You can well see by this house’s mess
I have boxes and bags that lie in piles
From my last two trips to the mercantile
Fripperies that I shall never quite use --
But I purchased them because they amused
Thanks for being so generous to me
For a credit card with no yearly fee
Now I need Your help more than before
Preparing to shop the Black Friday stores
Please give me true WISDOM and the FORESIGHT
To pick the best stores to purge at midnight
Send me the STRENGTH I'll need to see me through
When I must fight for a pair of new shoes
I’ll need ENDURANCE for this tiring day
And the host of troubles that’ll come my way
Please give me COURAGE to push to the fore
So I’ll be first shopper inside the store
Then please grant me HEALTH, don’t let me linger
I must take good care of my ten fingers
In all the bustle of this busy day
I can’t forget…
Cyber Monday is just two days away!
However you spent your holiday, I hope it was happy and filled with family and friends. I hope you created memories to hold close in the years to come. And if you went shopping on Black Friday – I hope you found some crazy awesome deals. You’re braver than me!
My historical romance, Melinda Heads West is up for Sizzling Hot Book Cover, a reader’s poll that begins Saturday morning, December 1st, at http://www.sizzlinghotbooks.net. I’ll need all the help I can get, so PLEASE visit the website to vote and then pass the info on. Thanks!
I’ll be back on Wednesday with another Author Interview. See you then! (P.S. Don't forget to feed the fish!)