Riding on the train with my son and daughter-in-law the other day, we began trading Terrible Thanksgiving Stories. She said this! I did that! We shared gossip, hurts, horrible and delicious secrets about our imperfect Thanksgivings. Through it all, we laughed and listened. And it reminded me that part of why I love family so much is because we are all so imperfect. We are crazy, and passionate, and I love it. Love them all.
Embracing Thanksgiving Imperfection
For the past year I’ve been working on a novel about a family that is turbulent, to say the least. Even the family dog gets involved in the arguments. They are all trying so hard for perfection, but the harder they try to achieve it, the further away it moves. It’s made me think about my own perfection obsessions. One of the great things about writing is that it teaches you a lot about yourself.
So this Thanksgiving I’ve decided to embrace the imperfections. I will overbake the pies, which I always do because I’m convinced they’re never done. I will undoubtedly say something offensive to someone. Possibly through this blog. I will certainly get mad at my husband over something, probably because he will be working on his phone.
I’ll be sad, because this will be the last Thanksgiving at my uncle’s house. I’ve been going there almost all the Thanksgivings of my life. I’ll be slightly forlorn because this is the first Thanksgiving when none of my kids will be home (though they will all text and call and see me soon.) I will see my fabulous nieces and little grand-nephew and I will eat too much. Then I’ll get exhausted and drive a long way home. And I will love every minute of my imperfect Thanksgiving. At least in retrospect.
So from me and my trees and my family, I wish all of you, dear friends, an imperfect Thanksgiving. And many more! Do you have any Thanksgiving stories to share? Join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter.
Susan Breen is the author of the Maggie Dove mystery series. Her stories have been published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. The MWA anthology, Crime Hits Home, in which she has a story, just won an Anthony Award Finalist. She teaches novel-writing at Gotham Writers and is on the staff of the New York Write to Pitch Conference. www.susanjbreen.com