While two very important dates have passed, Bennett’s 2nd birthday and my and Brian’s 10th anniversary, it is a Thanksgiving conversation and two seconds of peace and quiet that have fanned my writing flame tonight.

With this being my first Thanksgiving hosting the in-laws and my first opportunity to initiate a “Let’s All Say Something We’re Thankful For” moment, I was pleased as punch to begin a new tradition.  Naturally, I made Brian go first.  Quickly we shot around the table (because being thankful is really easy if you give yourself a chance to reflect) and soon it was Bennett’s turn.

Me: Bennett, can you say, “I”?

Bennett: I.

Me: Am…

Bennett: Am.

Me: Thankful…

Bennett: Thankful.

Me: For…

Bennett: For.

Me: What are you thankful for?  Can you say, “I am thankful for…”?

Bennett: Five, six, seven… four, three, two, one.

Well, there ya go.  We’ve all got to start somewhere!

By the way, I totally undercooked the turkey and Frankenstein-ed it so that we could get started while the sides were still hot.  I highly recommend that you do the same next year as it guarantees many leftovers for turkey-cranberry sandwiches.  By the time the rest of the turkey finishes up in the oven, everyone’s too stuffed and happy to move.  Mwa ha ha…


  1. November 27, 2014

    Not just LOL. Totally giggling. Such a brilliant boy. Can’t just count but counts backwards as well! ❤️

  2. November 28, 2014
    Aunt Ethelyn

    Gotta love that boy. So literal. Don’t worry about the undercooked turkey. I left the bag of gizzard, liver and neck in mine one year. Did not know they had two holes in the turkey. The bag was in the neck.

  3. November 29, 2014
    Memaw & Grandaddy

    Suzi,Brian & Bennett, We enjoyed being with you for Thanksgiving . The meal was very good. My first turkey was cooked with the bag in it & we have all lived thru many blunders. Whats imporant is there is much LOVE for all.

  4. November 30, 2014
    Aunt Manny

    Cute. It was good to see you today. <3

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