I do this to myself all. the. time. I get a prompt in my inbox and I think, “Oh yeah, baby, I know what I’m gonna write”. And then some annoying person comes and asks me for a stupid pen or lead for their pencil or whatever. And so I have to put it aside. And then two days pass by, nothing written, and a new prompt shows up and I think, “Oh yeah, baby. I know exactly what I’m gonna write…” And then. I gotta send out a box… Well, you get the idea. I have come to realise that work is getting in the way of me doing what I really want to do. And it is NOT fetching office supplies (supplies, by the way, that they could get all by their own damn selves if they just walked into the supply room room which is not ten paces from where I sit). But I digress with my impromptu mini-rant.
So Last Monday, dVerse was Haibun Monday – Giving Thanks. I know where I’m going with that one.
And then on the Thursday that followed, dVerse was Pie Poetry – didn’t have to be related to Thanksgiving, though it was the ‘Murican Thanksgiving, of course. I gots me pie stories to tell…
So here I am the following week, having written three (four?) other posts with this one still hanging out in drafts. I almost left it in drafts to die a slow death but then decided, nope. Let’s go crazy and actually finish it! So I decided to mush the two prompts together, somehow.
Giving Thanks With My Family Pie
My family means the world to me. And I’m talking the whole gang: from my grandmother, to my parents, to my aunts and uncles, to my sisters, my cousins, down to nieces and nephews, and my children.
Many are sadly gone now but they left their mark and they deserve a place at this table, in this peculiar pie.
No matter the situation, either one of us is a phone call and a drive-past-the speeding-limit drive away, urgency dependent, of course.
The birth of a baby, the death of one. An injury sustained by a saw or a skull-cracking fall takes but one phone call, and the invisible director has called “Action!”.
It’s not only in moments of distress that we come together. We join in celebrations: shopping for prom/wedding dresses, attending each other’s children’s recitals and games. And yes, we can even travel together!
They’ll call me on my shit, tell me I look like shit, give me shit, tell me my decision was shit. But here’s the thing; so will I when they merit it.
They’ll celebrate my victories, tell me I look fabulous and let the world know they are proud of me. Just like I will for them.
My family is a complex pie (it’s not even round) made up of varying slices (they’re not even, even) that you might think shouldn’t work together, but do. Maybe they don’t all belong on the same plate, (some are savoury, some are sweet, some are spicy; all of them tart and not a few of them nutty) but they definitely belong in the same meal.
Holidays are fine
To give thanks to those we love
But every day’s best