A Family Thanksgiving

Weekly Scribblings #44:  Eye of the Hurricane

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Thanksgiving dinner  

Campbell to my right, red faced

Conrad to the left

Me, a captive audience

The eye of the hurricane

๐Ÿฆƒ     ๐Ÿฆƒ     ๐Ÿฆƒ     ๐Ÿฆƒ     ๐Ÿฆƒ     ๐Ÿฆƒ     ๐Ÿฆƒ

I’m always seated between them,

my brothers causing the mayhem.

Cam to the right,

ignoring my plight…

left sits his brother. 

 ๐Ÿฆƒ

I’m trapped in my chair by the turkey.

The one on the right being smirky.

Campbell’s face is as red

as the cranberry spread…

from our mother.

๐Ÿฆƒ

Insulting voices get heated.

Campbell’s angry, and just won’t stay seated.

Conrad keeps his poise.

Foul words Campbell employs…

I wish I were anyplace other.

 ๐Ÿฆƒ

“Shut up,” shouts my niece, “Uncle Cam,”

“you’re begging a face full of yam!”

This goes on every year

and it’s totally clear, it’s Thanksgiving…

just like any other.

๐Ÿฆƒ

But, I'm always asking them why,

as Cam flings a seasoned thigh,

am I always the one,

every dinner bar none,

to sit in the eye...

 of the hurricane?

 ©2020 Lisa Smith Nelson. All Rights Reserved

 


 

Comments

  1. Oof. Sounds really stressful. Thankfully I haven't had a Thanksgiving like that. I'd have some serious indigestion no matter how the food was.

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    1. Ha! With turkey legs and yams being tossed around it would be hard to eat!

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  2. In spite of the 'fighting and posturing' around the Thanksgiving table, I absolutely love the way you wrote it!!!

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    1. Thank you. I like the word you used for it, "posturing." Everyone knows at least one person who does it!

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  3. haha Love 'Cam flings a seasoned thigh' and love the end You painted quite a picture here of being the eye of the hurricane at thanks giving dinner Hope it's not too bad though

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    1. I wonder if the thigh hit anyone? If he got hit with the yams, maybe the thigh was thrown back, and started a family food fight! Adults turn into juveniles again once they come home.

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  4. My mother always said "No one can walk on you unless you first lie down". Choose another seat!! (and let me know if that works! lol)

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    1. That's a very wise saying! Did your mother have more sage advice? We need all we can get these days!

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  5. A challenging thanksgiving, guess there are those also
    Thanksgiving is not a tradition here ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น in Trinidad&Tobago

    Much๐Ÿ’™love

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    1. No, I guess it's an American thing, in the traditional turkey dinner way, although I know Canada has a Thanksgiving Day, not sure if they eat the same things though!

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  6. Best to refuse to sit between them next year.

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    1. Easy to say, but I guess even seating arrangements can be set in stone, as it were, by the older generation.

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  7. I feel I should commiserate, but what I did was giggle.

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    1. I can see it would be funny outside the family, and maybe someday inside.

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  8. Ha....happy families !!They say you can choose your friends but you cant choose your family I knew of a family who had five children and it was arranged that they all came separately on Christmas Day because of the conflict.

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    1. That really is too sad. It's true that family members are necessarily people you'd be friends with though, some have such different values than yourself.

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  9. When I first read this piece, I almost laugh at the interactions. Then I read it again, and the speaker's pain and frustration wiped the smirk of my face. I know family dynamics can be... bothersome and ruthless, especially when the whole clan is in the same room, but that doesn't take away from how frustrating and exhausting the whole thing is. The speaker's wariness is clear and vast. It makes me wonder why she keeps attending this reunions, then I answer my own inquiry: family.

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    1. We do keep doing things because of family, don't we? I think sometimes it's healthier if we don't, but then so many others would be either angry or hurt.

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  10. Families, especially sibs, are sometimes like that. Happily friction wasn't part of my childhood but arose in adulthood, me and my best friend brother became estranged...
    Next year I think you should ask for a different seating arrangement!
    Kind regards
    Anna :o]

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that. We can't pick our relatives, and sometimes they just aren't who we'd want as friends.

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