Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wishbones, Food and Helping Hands

Here is wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow.
I have so much to be thankful for and I am sure you do, too.
I have posted below my Two-Lane Livin' November column for kids. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to share it with your kids or grand kids.

What do you get when you cross a turkey with a banjo?
A turkey that can pluck himself!

Did you know that making a wish on a wishbone might date back to 320 B.C.?” However, the Etruscans, who supposedly started the practice, did not break the wishbone; they merely rubbed it to make their wishes come true.
Every turkey has a wishbone. Pulling a wishbone takes two people. Each person makes a wish, takes hold of one end of the wishbone and pulls. They say if you get the longest end, your wish comes true. This is also the origin of the expression “lucky break.”
The only foods mentioned in records of the 1621 Thanksgiving feast were venison and fowl. However, other items the settlers would have probably had were lobster and cod, pumpkins, turnips, peas, onions, squash, beans, nuts, plums, grapes, spices and seasonings. They never had pies, because they lacked sugar needed to make them. The Thanksgiving celebration lasted for three days.
You can be a part of the Thanksgiving dinner at your house by helping with the menu and the grocery list. You can also make a pretty decoration or place cards for your table. You can wash fruits and vegetables, mix the pie ingredients, mash the potatoes, help stir the stuffing, add marshmallows to the sweet potatoes, roll out the pie crusts or prepare a special treat. Food tastes better if you help make it.
You can help set the table and then help clean up after the meal. After this is done, bring out the dessert!


© Janet F. Smart
Five plump turkeys
Strutted down the road
One flew away
Then there were four.

Four plump turkeys
Strutted down the road
One stopped to eat
Then there were three.

Three plump turkeys
Strutted down the road
One lost his way
Then there were two.

Two plump turkeys
Strutted down the road
One stopped to rest
Then there was one.

One plump turkey
Strutted down the road
Gobble, gobble, chomp
Then there was none.

Are you serving this poor little plump turkey for dinner tomorrow?
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Posted by Janet F. Smart at Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. Great!

    One of my cousins has a good friend who is a banjo player. I'm sharing your riddle with them.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Very nice! I wrote a counting story a while back but have never done anything else with it.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Janet.

  3. Thanks, everyone! Glad you like the riddle, Carol. Lil Red Hen - do something with your story! Glad I've given you an idea, Linda.

  4. Great post, Janet! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!


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