Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Dignified isn't a word anyone would use to describe any meal at my house. My children do have table manners but teasing your siblings, parents, in-laws, grandparents, anyone who happens to be at said table is a given. We have the poke someone before the poke you mentality and "loving" insults fly. And no one, absolutely no one, can give you a loving poke more than a sibling. Now that they don't live together, my children must store them up. Nope, not dignified at all. It was a bit of a culture shock for the three my children brought home but they've all managed to slide right in and get their own pokes in. You know they've slipped right in to the family when they are comfortable enough to poke Jim and I! (There is one unbreakable rule to this "loving exchange". No meanness allowed - ever. And if you think your poke is hilarious but the pokee does not, an apology is in order.)
Being so far away from our families, I tried to instill our own traditions in our children so they would have wonderful memories of holidays like Jim and I had. I now realize how seriously they took these traditions every time I try to suggest doing something different. My ears are still ringing from the protests that greeted my suggesting we have ham for Thanksgiving dinner instead of the usual turkey (my children really don't even like turkey!). I was informed that not having turkey on Thanksgiving would be "unAmerican". So, be careful of what you instill in your children, it stays instilled!
We'll be doing a few things at the shop during this time to share our blessings and we hope you'll take part.
From now until the 28th of the month we are collecting supplies to send to NJ soldiers serving overseas. We'll bring all donations to the drop off point for www.supportarms.org in Toms River on Monday the 29th. This group will make up care packages and ship them overseas. Please see their website or the posters in the shop for their wish list of supplies. Any help you can give, will be appreciated!
www.dottieshouse.org also on Monday. Dottie's House mission is "empowering women to become self-sufficient and free from violence."
Count your blessings and share them if you can. Our Thanksgiving wish is for you to be surrounded by your blessings this holiday season.
Till next time.