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Flashback Friday ~ After Thanksgiving

This is the “Take Two: Turkey — Late As Usual — Edition of Flashback Friday
brought to you by Quilldancer.

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.


  1. What a wonderfully meaningful way to mark Thanksgiving, I’m sure no one who heard about it ever forgot the lesson.

    Thank you too for the beautiful words you left on my Thanksgiving post, I’m really touched.

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  2. Wow. I wonder how that young man chooses to live now…it does seem that he had great parenting going on!

    I can’t imagine what would happen if all the in-laws showed up at my house for T-giving dinner (as they always do) and I said, “we gave it away to someone who needed it more.” I hope they’d be prepared to eat sandwiches or pizza, but I wonder…

  3. Mixed emotions — but I am glad he took the lesson to heart. Reminds me of the opening scene in Little Women when they’re Christmas breakfast is all laid out and they decide to take it to someone else.

  4. Awwwww, this post tugs on my heartstrings. Stories like this make me feel all the more thankful for what I have. Hope you and yours had a wonderful Turkey Day! 🙂

  5. Wow. I have mixed feelings about doing this with young children, but it is a powerful lesson.

    I’ve made a big pot of soup from the turkey bones (now strained out) and plenty of fresh veggies. Dinner tonight will be soup and salad and garlic bread.

  6. Good gracious! That’s an amazing story. What a lesson that mother taught her children. I don’t think I could have done it. Remarkable!

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