A Thanksgiving Wish(bone)

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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Besides gorging on fantastic food to the point of explosion, Thanksgiving Day in my youth was always exciting because after the feasting, there was a chance the adults would choose me to be one of  the kids to pull on the turkey wishbone and maybe..just maybe.. have the larger section snap off on my side meaning I’d be granted a wish.
Did it ever work?
I don’t know.  My opponents always managed to get a better hold on that greasy dang wishbone.
“Okay, guys, pull,” one of my uncles would yell to begin the competition.
Crack!
And there I’d stand with tears welling up in my little eyes holding a small sliver of bone..the final act of revenge from a turkey that a few minutes earlier had given me such pleasure at the dinner table.
Oh well, I don’t think there was a whole lot of truth to the wishbone thing anyway.
 I know for a fact that my cousin, Allen, a farm kid with the grip of a Texas politician, never got the million dollars he put in for.
My big brother, Denny, (even though he cheated to win by sliding his thumb up the wishbone) still had to make restitution for a hay stack he helped burn down with his buddies on Halloween a month earlier.
I don’t even remember what it was I wished for on the slight chance I would have won.
It doesn’t matter because most of my wishes have come true anyway and I have much to be thankful for.
Those who follow this blog know that last summer Linda’s mom (Mother Mary, I call her) suffered a seizure at home in Alcester. She was flown to Avera McKennan hospital where she remained unconscious in the intensive care unit for nearly a week.
Many of you joined with us lifting her up in prayer.
It was during one of those hospital prayer sessions, with the whole family at her bedside, that Mother Mary started to wake up. Soon after, her doctor began referring to her as “My Miracle Lady.”
Today, this 84 year old “Miracle Lady” is home baking three pies for Thanksgiving dinner and will lead the prayers of thanks herself when we all gather together on Thursday.
Who needs a wishbone when a little faith works wonders?
 
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