Officially and unofficially November is recognized as Family Stories Month. Soon we’ll gather around the Thanksgiving table and trade stories about the competition among the cousins to see who can eat the most turkey, the sibling rivalry between the sisters to see who made the most popular pie, and the debate over which football team to root for.
Our family stories are an important part of who we are, and who we are on our way to becoming. They are our link to our past, our present, and our future.
We celebrated holidays with our extended family; alternating between our house and my aunt’s home several hours away. But there was one year the stork made a visit instead of the turkey. My younger sister has that November birthday and almost every year someone brings up the time we had to eat canned ham instead of turkey for Thanksgiving. She is the wide-eyed toddler in the middle in the picture above. I’m the one on the left missing my front teeth.
Oh, and there’s a story about the picture too. My aunt loved to take photographs of her wonderful nieces and nephews…and posed us as if we were at a real photoshoot. She never lacked for subjects to participate and I loved being a model!
Perhaps you are awaiting a brand new family member and will have your own turkey day family holiday story.
Do you have a turkey day story? Care to share?
photo credit: E.A.(Brewer)Overland