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A Thanksgiving Memory - Thanks

Back in Iowa, where my mother and several of my siblings still live,
my big family gets together for a reunion at Mom’s apartment,
using the reception area of the little place where she now resides.
Mom cooks the main dishes, the turkey, gravy and potatoes
while the others bring the other fixings
along with spouses and whichever of their children are able to attend.
A few of my sisters live like me, far away from Iowa,
 but they manage to show up at least half the time.
I am the  lone wolf (or black sheep) who never gets to go!
I listen with a bit of envy as they tell me over the phone
 about their time in Iowa. They tell me of their travel there
and that big game they make sure to play each time – Apples to Apples!

Being far from my home state, I had never been able to attend this event
which has now replaced Christmas as the big reunion time of my family.
I feel so left out!
About five years ago, I was finally able to attend the Thanksgiving reunion.
Everyone was there, minus our beloved brother Dale who died in the 80’s
and my spouse! (he always finds a way not to go back there)
I seem to recall all my sisters’ kids were there minus a few of my nephews
and my own two children, for whom travel far away is also a challenge.

After helping Mom with the dinner preparations 
and making my healthful turmeric rice with veggies dish
(which hardly anyone even touched),
we all lined up to get the food and sat down to nicely arranged tables.
After the dinner and fun conversation, we readied
for their famous game I had heard about - Apples to Apples.
I really looked forward to it (I'd bought it for myself
 to become familiar with it beforehand and played it with my grandkids).
It turns out I was not misinformed about Mom.  
She turned out to be the little cheat at cards that everyone told me she was.
(and by the way, it takes a good card cheat to know another!)
We all got a kick out of her taking extra cards thinking nobody was looking.
It was great fun, and at the end of the day, we all left for a movie,
finishing off by taking family pictures at the theater. 
I spent the night at a hotel hanging in the pool with my sisters and gabbing.

That Thanksgiving is my most memorable for one simple reason:
I was with family – the ones I grew up with! How special it was for me 
to enjoy their company and relive the happy feeling of togetherness
that we had in our youth. How I look forward to doing it again sometime!

Nov. 10, 2019 for Regina Riddle's Thanksgiving Memory Poetry Contest

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Date: 11/12/2019 9:41:00 PM
You truly brought the idea of bringing family together. Love it. Lonna
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Date: 11/11/2019 12:51:00 PM
A wonderful recounting of an exceptionally joyful event, Andrea. That "Thanksgiving Memory" should last for a long time, and be well worth the keeping. BTW I think your rice dish sounds delish.
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Date: 11/11/2019 12:09:00 PM
We are a very small family. An only child but always had tons of friend. Christmas is heavenly for me when it is our turn, (and not the in laws) to have our boys with their wife and fiance, and we chat, open presents and play games - they arrive on Christmas morning, spent the night and leave on Boxing day. Your large family gatherings sound glorious Andrea, hope you enjoy all your future thanks-giving get-togethers as much my friend!
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Date: 11/11/2019 6:28:00 AM
As we grow older we begin to thrive on the memories, always love at the forefront , what else is there. Lovely poem Andrea, Have a great day.
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Date: 11/11/2019 6:01:00 AM
This indeed was a special get together--and aptly so, your poem is special, Andrea. Nothing like love of family! Well written, as always.
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Date: 11/11/2019 4:12:00 AM
Unfortunately Malta has other feasts and Thanksgiving is not one of them. Sometimes I wish it were. Loved your poem.
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Date: 11/10/2019 11:54:00 PM
I really enjoyed reading this. I love reading about other people`s traditions. We had one where all of us met at my aunts until she passed then it all stopped after that. Its been a long time being with family. Just me and my wife and child these days. Thanks for sharing and good luck in contest
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Date: 11/10/2019 8:07:00 PM
shame on you and your mom taking extra cards :) a very enjoyable read, Andrea. I grew up not having gatherings like this, but I made it a tradition for my children and grandchildren. hugs
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Eve Roper
Date: 11/11/2019 2:36:00 AM
No, I don't. Our games with my husband and their family were Pinochle , Rock , poker. I miss playing them.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 11/10/2019 11:49:00 PM
I am opposite you. I grew up with this kind of thing but my poor kids lived alienated from all their relatives out here in Utah and I could not give them what I enjoyed in my own youth.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 11/10/2019 11:48:00 PM
Ha ha. I bet lots of people do what me and mom do. It's not like cheating at real cards. Do you know the game, Eve? It just gives you more options for making it fun!!