Thanksgiving is spatulas & spices & the family china;
Tables pushed together, folding chairs & mismatched glassware.
Thanksgiving is answering the ringing doorbell;
Children chasing and hiding;
Hugs & surprises; Jokes & smiles.
Thanksgiving is aprons & appetizers & the family recipes;
Multicolored paper turkeys, crayoned pilgrims & pinecone centerpieces.
Thanksgiving is squeezing around the table;
Passing the mashed potatoes;
Candles & napkins; Gravy & cranberries.
Thanksgiving is cameras & cousins & the family traditions;
Posing in front of the fireplace, smiling on cue & laughter all around.
Thanksgiving is playing favorite board games;
Telling tall tales of holidays past;
Uncles & babies; Memories & plans.
Thanksgiving is Family.
Colleen G. (Brown) Pasquale