We shared something besides food around the table!
Laughter and Hugs
Their words of thanks were serious, but there was a lot of playfulness going on! I played an old recording of "Turkey in the Straw" and that got a few out of chairs. It looked like a barn dance!
Change in the Tone
We listened to some other recordings as we worked. The sound of Mary Chapin Carpenter singing, "Thanksgiving Song" and Johnny Cash's "Thanksgiving Prayer" sobered up the group. The softer music lead the group towards reminiscing about past holidays... which always reminds many of us about the special people we're missing. I had to be cautious and keep things positive.
Not Just Thinking of Past
I left the Center feeling pretty thankful for these dear friends. It made me eager about my afternoon group... a very different bunch!
Singing Up Some Thanks in the Afternoon
In my afternoon group we made lists of things we were thankful for, then used them in a song. I laughed about the fact I only knew about 3 chords on the ukulele. I'm not sure they were thankful when I offered to play my new instrument!
Are these expressions a reaction to my musical abilities?
We did laugh a little at my lame uke playing. However, when we used their simple words in our song, it sounded pretty good. "...little bitty doggies, little bitty doggies, I'm thankful for that...lots of sunshine, lots of sunshine, I'm thankful for that..." In fact we were all feeling pretty giddy about our song creation and went out to sing it for a group that had gathered in the living area. We even got some applause!
One More Stop
My last group was small, but packed with just as much "Thanks" and good spirit as the others! I asked if anyone knew a song for Thanksgiving. Ken reminded us by singing a bit of an old song, that fit the theme! Thanks for the Memories!
A New York Tradition
No More Cooking
Everyone in the group cheered a bit for Dorothy. We agreed she should be allowed to put aside her cooking duties!
What Did I Learn?
We're pretty much thankful for the same things... food, family, shelter. They just come in different packages, with different spices, accents and styles. It's A Wonderful World!
For 20+ years children have called it the Magic Quilt. They've danced and pretended all over these colorful squares. I've dragged it to schools, shelters and studios where children have climbed on top to hear Magic Quilt Stories and to act them out.