Wednesday, November 25, 2009


God, thank you for my life on this earth...
There must be somewhere to go on Thanksgiving. For everyone. For the last few years I choose to be in the midst of a particular crowd. I go where the homeless gather, where the elderly and poor can sit down at a table, spread with a white cloth, flowers at the center, candles flickering in the breeze as we rush by with platters of turkey, heaps of stuffin', cranberries doing the shimmy shake. And baked sweet potatoes, mashed and smashed whites. Don't spill the gravy, and seconds already? Coming up. And how about a plateful to take with you, for a tasty snack later on.
I think I spot a carrot that I peeled and sliced. Yes I can tell for sure, its my special angle. I somehow have to pop a bit of turkey that I catch, before it floats off the plate I'm rushing to place in front of that flirtatious old fellow, the one who told me last year that he was an extra at the Metropolitan Opera. Hey there, we've survived another year...yeah, yeah, I bet you say that to all the girls. And there are the twins, always in suits and ties, 11 years old by now, I'll say hello, but their grandfather always just nods. And that pretty woman, still a hippie.
Five hundred come, every year, for several seatings at the two huge gyms at this landmark church, The Church of the Heavenly Rest, one of many who allow us to be generous to the ever increasing numbers of those in need. I belong there in a very good way.

And not to forget, at the end of it all, I can put my feet up, and please, pass the truffles this way!
Happy Thanksgiving!!


Natalie said...


Happy Thanksgiving to you, Lyn.

Lyn said...

Hi Natalie-
Thank you..looking forward to it again..Happy Thanksgiving!

Unknown said...

Hi Lyn,

I'm sure you get as much pleasure as you give. Enjoy your day. Hope you manage to get a bit of turkey before the truffles! Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
What you say is absolutely I'm off right now to attend to all the fun I'll have..and have a Happy, also!

Jeane Myers said...

this sounds wonderful and so in the spirit of this holiday - I love the cameo appearances you mention and it sounds like your condition has healed and you're in the life spin again - hurray :)

Deedee said...

There is no better way of giving thanks than giving back. What a way to pay it forward! I can't think of any better Thanksgiving. I will be thinking of you when I visit the Big Apple this weekend!
Have a wonderful holiday, Lyn!

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
It was sort of a toss up as to what would win..I decided to heal by seems better. Finished the prep, and tomorrow will go back to serve..looking forward to some old pals!
Have a great day!

Lyn said...

Hi Deedee-
This is definitely one of my favorite occasions..also for Christmas and Easter. It never feels like work!
So, you're going to be in NY..Wow! As I say..I'm in the book... Have a great time.

Tess Kincaid said...

What a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving, Lyn! Blessings and peace, dear friend.

Lyn said...

Hi Willow-
It is so right for me..I feel a part of it all..wouldn't miss it..and hope you all have the best Thanksgiving..


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