Thursday, November 16, 2017



So the pressure is on. 
It's time to make the Thanksgiving meal.
It must be festive, traditional,
delicious, ideal.

The groceries must be bought.
Recipes gathered up.
The table properly set,
with each plate and cup.

But what if the turkey
refuses to thaw?
What if the oven breaks,
and that bird is still raw?

The stuffing is soggy.
The gravy gets spilled.
The potatoes are lumpy.
No plates are filled.

Take a deep breath
and say a prayer.
Be thankful for blessings;
and for family gathered there.

And when you realize
just how lucky you are,
you'll see it  doesn't matter
if dinner is below par.

Call up the pizza shop
on speed dial,
and dinner will arrive
in a little while.

Don't worry about the food.
Don't stand on ceremony.
Rejoice in your blessings,
and make room for pepperoni!

Even though, at first, 
it can be hard to see.
Remember, remember,
there's always plan B.

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


  1. oH, ...welcome back ....Love this poem - just sounds about right - celebrate the friendship and family - not the food. Happy Thanksgiving to you Connie.

  2. Anonymous11/16/2017

    This is cute as can be! Over the years, I guess we have all experienced a "disaster" of some kind for the Thanksgiving meal! Wishing you and your family a most blessed holiday.

  3. A very appropriate poem for the upcoming holiday, Connie, as so many people get themselves in a frenzy if something doesn't turn out right. I thought of the turkey dinner in the Christmas Vacation film. Did you ever have a Thanksgiving mishap?

  4. Splendid poem!!! And so true!!

  5. Cute poem. The only time I planned a really big Thanksgiving dinner, the door broke on my oven before the turkey was done! Twenty something people were coming. I finished cooking the stupid bird on the wood stove. My daughters still talk about it decades later.

  6. excellent poem. I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are hosting dessert and watching Cowboy football. Should be wonderful and we are blessed indeed. All the best

  7. your poem made me smile.........and the meaning is so true........the food is great, but the family and the memories is what makes Thanksgiving!
    Wishing you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

  8. How cute this is, Connie.... AND most of us have experienced one problem or another with our Thanksgiving Dinners through the years. There are times when PIZZA sounds good at a time like this....BUT--as you said, we just need to relax and count our blessings..... Right?????

    Happy Thanksgiving..
    I am thankful for YOU.


  9. You mean we could have had pizza instead! :). Lovely poem!

  10. I enjoyed this warm-hearted playful poem. Pizza should become the standard for Thanksgiving - it's much less stressful.

    Have a great week, Connie.

  11. This was a fun and playful poem. You write poetry so effortlessly. Such a gift.

  12. Yes! Absolutely. Always best to have a plan B. We had dinner at our daughter's house, and she and her husband fixed enough food to feed an Army. Problem was, they told everyone we'd eat at three o'clock, but the darned turkey, which they were cooking in a brand new smoker, wasn't ready. So they ended up finished the turkey in the oven, and we ate everything else at about five. Since they also had a huge Honey baked ham, nobody even missed the turkey. The bird was ready before we left to come home, so we were given a doggie bag of turkey to take with us. (It's GOOD, too!)

    I hope you had a fantabulous Thanksgiving. Another really nice poem, lady.

  13. Connie, such a great poem... and so very true xox... It isn't about the food, it's about sharing time with people that we love and remember the blessings we have in our lives xox...

    It is so good to see you back to blogging again... I truly hope your winter is an easier one that what you normally have to deal with... I am hoping our winter would will be good here, thankfully I won't have to go out in it very often xox

  14. I love this poem, Connie. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    \Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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