Celebrate This Week: Family

This week family and food captivated me. Seeing the next generation purposeful, educated, and resolute gives me great hope.  This week I celebrate family.

This Thanksgiving, they
were all in one room, and oh
what power I felt.

To reach out and touch
each one with a glance knowing
their hearts were beating.

Elders at the head
played the silent observers
of young energy.

Cleaning the kitchen
cousins’ words sparkle sprinkle
us. Found poetry.

Evening ends. Outside
chill creeps in as each soul gives
a goodbye love hug.

Overnight guests walk
into their old rooms, pull out
pillows, sheets, blankets.

This Thanksgiving, my
children sleep all in one house
remembered sweetness.

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Read more celebrations at Ruth Ayers’ site, Discover, Play, Build.

11 thoughts on “Celebrate This Week: Family

  1. The thing I love most about having adult children is having them all together and listening. Such a special time. Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday.

  2. How wonderful for your family to be all together for Thanksgiving, and for you to have all of your children sleeping under the same familiar roof with you again, if only for one night. That is something to truly be thankful for.

  3. Julieanne, your summary of the power of NCTE captures it all. I always come away fired up and overwhelmed…but my central take-away this year is summed up by your sliver “Literacy is democracy.” The way I’m saying it is, “There is a direct pipeline from early literacy experience to a civil, compassionate democracy.” Now I have to figure out how to act on it. Loved having dinner with you!

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