Saturday, November 21, 2009

SPAGHETTI WARS PLANNED FOR THANKSGIVING

This is the year everyone goes elsewhere else for Thanksgiving and so we have been invited to go to Taylor and Sharee's house. This is what she said in an email today:

"We can laugh and throw spaghetti at the cats or just put their heads in socks and watch them try to get out. At the very least it will be laugh therapy. "

Now, I ask you, how could things be better than that?

One year we were at their house for Thanksgiving. The weather was like September. My dad came up to spend Thanksgiving with us and we sat on the back porch, in the sun with him. Dad's gone now. He lived seventeen years after Mom died and he took such good care of us, his adult children. How I miss him. We all miss him.

I don't know if it's the same year or not but one year we were at Taylor and Sharee's house and I bought Silly String for every member of the family. I told them to come out back--it was warm so maybe it was the same year. Some of the parents weren't coming so I nagged and said at least bring your cameras--of course, no one did so there are no photos. Finally everyone was there and I "armed" them.
The Silly String flew. The laughter bubbled up in explosive bursts. It was one minute of craziness. If I remember right I was covered with every color. I could hardly see out of the tangled mess.

One grandson couldn't get his silly string to work. He was simply too little. Every one's canister was empty but Mark's. He kept saying in a little voice, "I can't do it," while the frenzy was in full force all around him.

When everyone's Silly String canister was empty, Tricia--generous girl that she is--said, "Here Mark, let me help you." She picked him up and the two of them sprayed all of us, laughing like two happily demented people. I can still see the two of them, spraying the last burst of colored goop. We were too startled to do anything but just stand there and take it.

Sometimes Thanksgiving's aren't traditional. Sometimes they are extraordinary!

Here's hoping your Thanksgiving--and ours--is one of those extraordinary ones. Or one with someone you love, sitting in the sun, talking and storing up a feeling of peace you can draw upon in years to come.

14 comments:

Michael Rawluk said...

How do you put spaghetti's head into a sock. Doesn't it squirm out?

Lorraine said...

What a sweetheart of a story, just what I needed, thank you ;)

Shan said...

I think throwing spaghetti at the cats is a great idea! Plus, if you grow tired of doing that or the sock-on-the-head, there's another fun game I know about...If you wrap an ace bandage really snug-like around the mid section of a cat, they can't move their legs and they fall over. Kind of like those goats that get paralized when they get scared. It's halarious!!!!

Muum said...

thanks for a good laugh! One of my blessings is coming and enjoying your blog. You are a treasure.

Julie Harward said...

Great idea's and lots of fun too! I think I'll make ine more trip to the store! :D

TeamGornold said...

HEY we invited you first! and we are going nowhere! hmph.
hope you guys have fun!

hillary said...

Yea, I thought you were going to Iceland and visiting the Heeds.

And if I remember right, I was silly stringed the most because all three of my brothers and a few of their rotten children ganged up on me. I also thought that was Easter?

That is a good memory....sort of.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

must invest in silly string....

Camille said...

What a great story. I think we are going to start a new family tradition . . . LOL!! I just love your blog--it makes me laugh. And by the way, reading Tricia's blog I noticed the "do you want Christmas dishes" comment. I would LOVE some! LOL The red ornament with snowflakes matches my house perfectly. I guess we have good taste.

Nickie said...

Your out and about post made me really homesick for those beautiful mountains.
I love all the ideas you have for thanksgiving this year, please share the photos with the rest of us who do boring traditional crap.
Loves!

Annette said...

I can't wait to hear about your Thanksgiving day this year! You have created some wonderful memories.

Pam's Place said...

Dear friend, you "scatter sunshine" everywhere you go. What happy fun memories you create for your family!

Anonymous said...

Dearest Lynne, you're friends all know what a terrific nag you are. Miss you. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Damama T said...

What fun! And how sad that the 'adults' didn't at least join in by taking pictures. How often do we miss out on the good stuff in the name of maturity? Too often for my liking. I'm with Laura ~Peach~: Must buy silly string!