Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Circle of Thanksgiving

I'm Joining the Two Writing Teachers today for their weekly Slice of Life posts. It's a great way to stretch those writing muscles, and like the rest of my muscles they are a little out of shape. But I always enjoy my workout. You should join up too! Today is a fictional slice about Thanksgiving, don't judge too harshly... I am out of shape. LOL



It feels like the first time as she silently slips on the pearls. They are the last thing to ready before their family arrives for the timely Thanksgiving dinner. As her ever steady hands latch the tiny clasp she remembers the first time they were placed on her neck.
He slides up behind her as she stirs the gravy muttering to herself “clockwise only” like her grandmother had instructed.
This would be her first Thanksgiving meal away from the farm, and her first as a wife. Although she was desperately homesick she wanted it to be just right for him.
Gently he places the strand across her collar. “What’s this?” she gasps in surprise. He nuzzles from behind as he fastens the clasp and kisses the spot they are draped.
“We can’t afford these; we can barely afford this turkey.” 
"I know” he replies, “but every beautiful wife deserves something beautiful to wear on her first Thanksgiving.” “One pearl for every Thanksgiving we’ll share.”   “Like our love, they never stop. When you think you’ve reached the end, the circle begins again.”  
Forty some years have came and went since that first Thanksgiving. The first one small and quiet just the two of them filled with love and promise and those pearls. The gravy was lumpy and the turkey cooked upside down, but the love and respect was there to withstand it all.
The years to follow were filled first with babies and children then later with in laws and grandkids. There were a few trips back to the farm in the early days, but most were spent at home. Their home.
The gravy became routine and the turkey was never cooked wrong side up again, but some things stayed the same, the pearls and their love.
The knock at the door brought her back to the Thanksgiving of today. In bounced her grandkids and children. “Ready to go grandma, grandpa’s waiting.” Her bubbling granddaughter sidled up beside her and grabbed her hand.
“Just let me adjust my pearls,” she whispered.
They walked the path together. Her grandkids bounded ahead, her daughter by her side. “Are you ok mom?” Her daughter worried. “We can come back tomorrow.” But she smiled and fingered her pearls as she placed the wreath on the stone. She knew it had to be today, because the circle is unending, and it is Thanksgiving.        






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6 comments:

Ms. Kerri said...

Great slice! I enjoyed reading it!

Nanc said...

okay...I'm crying... xo nanc

elsie said...

Touching story, you are not so out of shape. Glad you told me this was fiction. :-)

Linda at teacherdance said...

Beautifully told Tammy, & I didn't know what to expect as I read. You kept the mystery (& us reading) very well. It is sweet, & I like the idea of the pearls as metaphor. Happy Thanksgiving to you & all the family.

Christy Rush-Levine said...

I wanted it to be true! Those pearls are such a cool thread to connect the years. And you are brave for trying fiction! I might have to nudge myself out of my comfort zone now, too...

Kelly said...

What a beautiful touching story! This reminds of the ones I used to read in Good Housekeeping. You painted a wonderful picture with your words. I agree, you are not out of shape!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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