Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Post Thanksgiving gratitude December 2, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 11:13 AM
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HOW WAS YOUR THANKSGIVING?

The question has been repeated to me many times in past days. My response? It was wonderful. Wonderful to have all three of my adult children here for the first Thanksgiving in probably 10 years. My mama’s heart overflowed with joy.

Simply being together made me happy. We talked and laughed as we gathered around a table enjoying an abundant and delicious meal. I especially appreciate that my girls prepare and bring foods, thus easing the workload of hosting.

 

The scene in historic downtown Faribault on Thanksgiving weekend. A pre-Thanksgiving storm dropped about eight inches of snow here.

 

After dinner, everyone (except me and almost 11-month-old Isaac) bundled into winter gear and headed up the street to slide down the hill at Wapacuta Park. It’s the same place my kids went sledding while growing up. I’m happy to see the winter tradition continue now with the next generation. If you’re going to live in Minnesota, you may as well get outside and enjoy the snow. (Remind me in a month or two that I wrote this.) Family reported back that my 3 ½-year-old granddaughter, Isabelle, loved sliding—her first time out.

 

I set out an assortment of colorful chalk.

 

With that tradition continuing, I also attempted to start a new one, with minimal success. I pulled a vintage chalkboard from a closet and asked everyone to add things for which they were thankful. Not everyone did. I initiated the list and took a bit of ribbing for writing texting. I explained that, because texting is the primary way we communicate when apart, I am grateful for this technology.

 

The gratitude list…

 

I loved my granddaughter’s additions, vocalized to my eldest daughter, who chalked them onto the board. My dolly, Grandma and Grandpa, Mommy, Ms. C…

But it was my second daughter who later came up with the singular word that made me laugh aloud. CHEESE. What can I say? She lives in Wisconsin.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

 

8 Responses to “Post Thanksgiving gratitude”

  1. valeriebollinger Says:

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time with all your kids home. I know that amazing and grateful feeling!
    I love the chalkboard idea. Hopefully the tradition continues. We started reading children’s stories a few years ago and we considered that a tradition now (in addition to our thankfulness tree).

  2. BERNADETTE Thomasy Says:

    We had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well with all adult children and grandchildren at the table. Love your gratitude board; we too were pleased when our 31/2 year-old granddaughter, after careful thought, said she was thankful for grandma and grandpa. Awwww.

  3. Jackie Hemmer Says:

    I know you were so looking forward to being together with your kids and grands….it just brings so much joy doesn’t it! I love the idea of your thankful board and all the answers that were given. There is so much to be thankful for…family is the best!


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