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Who do You Thank?
LJ Idol
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This is my entry for LJ Idol, Topic 3: The Giving of Thanks

The Giving of Thanks

"Wait, wait, does everyone have something to write on?"

"Don't lose the tag! I'm saving my tags with my gifts, it's so much easier..."

"Don't forget to write to Mammaw and thank her."

"Okay, now write a Big C, then an h, that's fine ..."

"No, a phone call is not the same; yes, email is Acceptable."

"Why don't you say the Grace, 'kin, you're the most religious here..."


When I got married, my mother carefully inventoried each wedding gift in our keepsake book. While I was on my honeymoon, she thoughtfully stamped and addressed an envelope for each Thank You note. She and Daddy bought the notes as part of the Wedding Invitation stationery. As part of sending out the invitations, Mom created an index-card file (this was years before Mom and Dad bought their first Macintosh). Each card listed not only name and address, but whose relative or friend the card represented.

Flar and I shared the writing of the thank you notes, and my mother never resorted to Dear Abby.

When my boys were young, I bought the Thank You notes with the fill-in-the-blank inside messages.

"Dear __________,

Thank you very much for the ___________. I really like it.

Sincerely, ____________."

"Wow! Thank you so much for inviting us to your party! We enjoyed ourselves so much. We are grateful for all the ways you have included us in your lives."


The first time Flar and I threw a party, I think we entertained 10 guests at a Christmas open house. That is, if you count family AND friends. No, no, I am always and ever grateful when friends bless me with their company. I remember a time when our friends were few and distant.

I thank God for friends.

((((Mom, Thank you so much for taking out the trash for me. I was *so* tired last night.))))

No, thank you Critter for years and years of wanting to help, to cheerfully working around the house.

((((Mommy, thank you for fixing me exactly what I wanted for a birthday cake. It's perfect!))))

No, thank you Tigger, for helping me color the icing and place the decorations and plan the fun.

I thank God for my children.

I don't get kisses from my boys. I haven't since Tigger was pretty darn young. Somewhere he got the idea that only hugs were okay. So I take all the hugs I can get from my boys. Critter, who reaches down to me, and still grasps under my arms when he hugs me. Tigger, who used to leap into my arms, can still give hugs that take my breath away.

I thank God for hugs.

Thank you is a phrase often heard in this house. We so often forget to say please, that if added on to a request, it seems to imply impatience more than courtesy. But thank you's are easy to come by and sincere in their delivery.

Who do we thank today? The chef, the cleaners, the table setters, the guests, Honey-baked Ham (did they invent the Spiral Cut?), Louis Pasteur (whom Tigger included in his thanks for Egg Nog)...

"Thank you God, for this time together with the whole family. A time of plenty and a time for relaxing and enjoying each other. May we have many more years like this to come."

No, I didn't write it out in advance, and thus I'm paraphrasing what I did say. But it sums up what Thanksgiving day is for me.

Thanksgiving was set aside as a special day for the Giving of Thanks, but I begin and end each of my days giving thanks to my God. There are many things which remain in my prayers each day: thanks for bringing me to Him, thanks for family, thanks for peace, thanks for hope. There are changing but common themes: thanks for waking me so early today - ready to get busy all around me, thanks for making me sleepy early enough to get my rest, thanks for giving me such a clean house, thanks for hard work completed, thanks for grace over so many, many shortcomings.

I thank God for loving me.

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That was a very sweet story, thank you!

You didn't need an extra shot of insulin just to read it?

No, but it was a very near thing. ;)

By the time I was half-way through, I realized it was going nowhere but sweet, but well, that's where I was feeling right now.

I really like this. And no, I didn't need insulin :)


*Giggle* She asked me about insulin because I'm diabetic. Are you?

I really liked this. Thanks for sharing!

I'm so glad. Thank you!

Edited at 2007-11-23 07:17 pm (UTC)

This is one of my favorites from you.

I like the way you expressed your thanks here. :) I'm done giving "constructive criticism" for the evening, because with a glass of wine, I find it difficult to concentrate hard enough. I'll read this again tomorrow, though. No doubt I'll find something else that I really liked when doing so. :)

Thank you. I appreciate your care. :)

The Louis Pasteur thing was so funny, I had to read it out loud to my husband! I smiled all the way through your entry.

hee hee. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you.

Feedback based on my poll. :)

Good morning! :)

Now that my head's a bit clearer, here's what I noticed:

Line #3 is missing its final punctuation.

When I got married, my mother carefully inventoried each wedding gift in our keepsake book. While I was on my honeymoon, she thoughtfully stamped and addressed an envelope for each Thank You note. She and Daddy bought the notes as part of the Wedding Invitation stationery.

Consider changing the case on "Thank You" and "Wedding Invitation" from upper case to lower.

No, thank you Tigger, for helping me color the icing and place the decorations and plan the fun.

Consider adding a comma afer "you." For purposes of parallel structuring, consider rephrasing the sentence in this way, "...for helping by coloring the icing, placing he decorations, and planning the fun." This would allow you to keep the same verb tense throughout your statement.

Hope that this is the type of feedback you were looking for. I definitely enjoyed your entry. You warned us that it was a bit "saccharine," but I felt it was appropriately sweet. :)





Re: Feedback based on my poll. :)

Thanks for the advice.

I've left the capitalization as is, although I recognize it as non-standard. it's a style thang. ;)

I'm awful with the commas, but "thank you, Tigger" has the air of a signature by Tigger, rather than a declaration to Tigger. unfortunately, when I construct language in my head, it would best by expressed by using parantheses, LISP-style, and well, that doesn't fly in print. :(

As my meaning was "for helping (me (color .., place .. and plan ..) )" would the suggested change yield the same meaning? Especially if you understand that in my world "helping me" can often mean sitting on the other side of the kitchen table, heckling me, while I do everything. Yes, I call that helping. ;)

Thanks for the feedback; I really appreciate it.

Re: Feedback based on my poll. :)

Sounds like a lot of what I noticed has more to do with knowing you and yours than it does with grammatical style. :)

I read through the entry again, and noticed a few other things. It's possible, however, that these things are also style related, but I think they're just oversights:

wow! Thank you so much for inviting us to your party!
Capitalize "wow?"

Thank you is a phrase often heard in this house. I we so often forget to say please, that if added on to a request, it seems to imply impatience more than courtesy.

Delete either the "I" or the "we?"

Thanksgiving was set aside as a special day for the Giving of Thanks, but I begin and end each of my days giving thanks to my God. There are many things which remain in my prayers each day: thanks for bringing me to Him, thanks for family, thanks for peace, thanks for hope. There are changing but common themes: thanks for waking me so early today ready to get busy all around me...

In the statement shown in bold, are there words missing, such as "up," which might go between "me" and "so?"

I never realized that feedback rapport could teach us more about each other. I like that. :)






Re: Feedback based on my poll. :)

You're great at proof-reading. :)

Spot on with the Wow and I we. As for missing words, I tend to use wake without up a lot. But I added a comma for breath. ;)

Honey Baked Ham did invent the spiral slicer. I am thankful for the history channel teaching me that : )

Very nicely written!

Thank you! Ooh, and thank you for passing along history channel knowledge.

I really enjoyed this entry, thanks for sharing. :)

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