Part of my family duties at Thanksgiving is carving the turkey. It’s usually an uneventful part of my day. My encounter with 2 curious girls would change that uneventful part into an experience that I felt compelled to share.
I was wearing my blue crab apron and armed with an electric knife. Curiosity took over and a little girl stops and asks me what I was doing. It appeared she lost interest quickly when she turned and ran off. To my surprise, she returned quickly with her cousin who was just as cute and curious.
They watched me as I cut the turkey and asked questions, one of which was “can I have a piece?” With a smile, I said sure and handed them a piece. Sharing in this moment, my beautiful niece, who was helping me and adding to the cuteness of the moment. My adult niece shared the same first name with one of the little girls, which piqued her interest.
Making a wish
I am a master at deboning a bird and reached the wishbone quickly. I held up the bone and asked the girls if they wanted to make a wish on the wishbone. The look on their faces when I was holding the bone out to them, clearly expressed they have never heard of the wishbone before. The look said something like “I am not touching that thing”. By this point, their parents have gathered around us to see what the girls were up to. I began to tell them about the wishbone tradition and watched their expressions change to delighted with an “I’m in” look. So they each grabbed a side of the bone, went silent working on their wishes as their parents are enjoying and capturing the moment with snapshots.
Well, turkey bones aren’t quite as giving as chicken bones so we had a little disappointing outcome. I assured them that it was okay and that meant both wishes would come true. A few moments later when it was just the four of us again, I asked them what they wished for. One immediately said she wished for butterflies, which I thought was one of the sweetest wishes I had ever heard. Then I asked the 2nd little girl what she wished for and she said, “I wished that I will have a friend forever”. At that point me and my niece looked at each and simultaneously let out an “AWWWW” and then we both laughed.
Adult wishes put into perspective
That sweet moment made us put our adult wishes into perspective. I forget how simplicity can be so joyful. Yes, I walked around and shared that story all day. I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience and that you had some great experiences at Thanksgiving as well.
Please, feel free to share your stories with me in the comments. I would love to hear about them.