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My friend, Robyn from Hollow Tree Ventures is here today to share a favorite Thanksgiving story.
I actually “met” Robyn just this year, and I don’t know how I didn’t find her blog sooner. More soon? Quicker? Moving on.
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With Halloween behind us, I hope you’re prepared for Thanksgiving.
Because ready or not, here it comes.
I enjoy Thanksgiving primarily for the excuse to gorge, but also because it marks the beginning of the Stop Asking For Stuff season, which I celebrate annually with my children. It involves them repeatedly insisting that they’ve always, always, ALWAYS wanted an [insert name of something they just saw for the first time two seconds ago], eventually followed by me threatening to cancel Christmas if they ask for one more single blessed thing.
This year I’ve already had to give them at least two lectures about not asking my mom (Gran) for new stuff, since they routinely trick her into taking them to Target for something “practical” (“I know I have four winter hats, but not one that looks like Kermit!”). Then they invariably come home with a pile of garbage that, aside from being brand new, looks remarkably like all the old garbage they already have but never play with.
However, Thanksgiving also reminds me that my motherly threats during Stop Asking For Stuff season are meaningless in the face of my children’s insatiable desire to own ALL THE THINGS, especially when up against the Spoiling Power of a grandparent. For me, it’s best illustrated by this Turkey Day tale that’s become family lore at my house.
::blurry screen dissolve to flashback::
I was standing at the kitchen counter, about eight years ago, most likely mixing up my special secret-recipe stuffing (Stove Top). Behind me, the kitchen island was bedecked (hey, it’s the holidays – I can use words like “bedecked”) with a buffet of pre-food food, because it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if we stopped eating for five entire consecutive seconds.
In my family, no gathering is complete without a bowl of black olives. I was in my late twenties before I discovered that not everyone does this, but whatever – it’s a tradition. And kind of an annoying one, because the kids love olives, which means I spend all day swatting their filthy hands out of the bowl so they don’t spoil their dinner (a rule that clearly doesn’t apply to the adults).
This Thanksgiving was no different, and I sternly told my then-2-year-old son, Jake to stop scarfing them down. I went back to making my famous fresh cranberry sauce (cue metallic hum of electric can opener), but immediately turned back around to ask my mom a question.
And what do you think I saw?
Jake was on his tip-toes, reaching for the olive bowl, eyes on Gran. My mom was looking back at him, nodding her permission, finger to her lips to let him know this olive would be their little secret.
Slowly, ever so slowly, she raised her eyes and saw me with my arms crossed, head cocked to one side, lips pressed together in a thin, disapproving line. The look on her face when she realized she was busted was priceless.
Jake was left standing in the middle. He watched us both with amusement, and helped himself to another olive.
So, these days it’s a trade-off. I get to bring that story up whenever I want and remind her that she got caught breaking the rules. However, it also serves as a reminder that the rules I make in my house might be the law of the land – but Grans have supreme veto power.
That’s important to remember at Thanksgiving, with Stop Asking For Stuff season upon us. All the threats and the lectures can be exhausting; maybe I should take this lesson to heart and use it to my advantage. Maybe, this year, I’ll just change it to Go Ask Gran season.
A million thanks to Hillary for inviting me over to play, and to you, for reading! Please feel free to visit me at my house, Hollow Tree Ventures, join me on Facebook, see why I’m in the Top 35 Most Pinteresting Moms on Pinterest, and excuse my occasional obscene outbursts on the Twitter.