A Thanksgiving Dish

The essence of all beautiful art,

all great art,

is gratitude.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Aahh, the happy holidays are here and my heart goes out to all ye who have to cook but don’t want to.  The caterer’s order form keeps winking at me each time I walk past the kitchen counter, but no, I shall not succumb to temptation.  My kids need every available bait to lure them away from their singular preoccupation–the computer–and if this means overseeing the mess as they make the one dish each is supposed to contribute to the Thanksgiving table, I shall prevail!

I must call Martha and find out how she keeps her apron spotless, her smile calm and fresh after preparing a feast for twenty.  From scratch.  Where does she find guests who sit politely around the dinner table without anyone ever checking their smartphone, the men never staring at the TV, the kids eating daintily without fighting?  More importantly, where does she hide her army of assistants who lead us to believe one smiling woman did it all? How do domestically challenged women cope with this popular myth of the perfect mother?  Oy vey!

I am thankful I’ve learned to be gentle with myself.  My pumpkin pots look better as props for posing, yes?

I am thankful for the Powerful Goddesses who bless this blog with their infinite wisdom, beauty and inspiration.

I am thankful for the love of family and friends who understand happiness is gratitude for what is–perfection not necessary.

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share what you’re thankful for.  A very Happy Gobble Gobble!








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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 09:53:41

    My Daughters headed for points East and North and therefore the house will remain clean and quiet. Sorry Martha, don’t need you this year. But what to do for Thanksgiving dinner? Invitations came my way but thinking of having the house all to myself and a Lobster tail cooked on the BBQ sounded better. Just me and Sheila…my dog. She is not a daintiest eater but I have seen worse! I’ll do the dishes, after a nap! Peace and quiet with an old movie on TV rather than football or golf…priceless! Happy Thanksgiving to me and Sheila, I’ll throw her a treat too.

    Pumpkin pots?? I had to go back and look, I hadn’t noticed because my eyes were feasting on a dish of Goddess. 😉 My favorite is looking into the pot.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sharky’s clan!



  2. Mountain
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 15:58:57

    Sheila is easily spoiled too. Feed her a treat, throw her tennis ball (numerous times) and give her a belly rub…friends for life!


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