This is the “Take Two: Turkey — Late As Usual — Edition of Flashback Friday
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Flashback Friday is the brain child of Linda from Mocha With Linda. This is the meme that takes us back in time to the days of our youth. Linda says, This meme’s purpose is to have us take a look back and share about a specific time or event in our lives. It will be fun to see how similar – or different – our experiences have been!
This week Linda wants us to flashback to yesterday and share our own celebration. I am not going to do that. Instead I went into my archives and am sharing with you my 2007 thanksgiving post, which was was told to me in 2005 by a young man named Isaiah.
In my 5th grade classroom after Thanksgiving one year each of us shared how we celebrated and what we ate. One of my students didn’t want to share. We all cajoled and encouraged him to speak.
Finally he said:
“We didn’t eat. We never eat on Thanksgiving. My mom cooks a big meal with lots of food and it smells great — then we package it up and take it to someone who needs it more then we do. Mom says that’s so we never forget to be grateful everyday. After we deliver the food, we go home and play games and sing and enjoy our family. We don’t turn on the TV or the radio. At bedtime dad reads us Bible stories. It was really hard to go to sleep because I was so hungry, but in the morning mom fixed pancakes for breakfast and we told God how grateful we were to have food, and we knew how to really mean it.”
They weren’t exactly a Gucci family, either. Seven kids, two parents and grandma in a three bedroom house. Whenever I need a lesson in gratefulness I think of them.