Thanksgiving is in the air! I have fond memories of family gatherings and Papa demonstrating how to carve the turkey. He always removed the wishbone (located between the neck and breast of the bird) and set it aside to dry. A couple of days later, he’d offer it to me or one of my siblings and say, “Make a wish.”
Each of us knew to grab one end of the wishbone, make a wish, and pull until the wishbone broke. It’s said that the person with the biggest piece of broken wishbone gets their wish. Papa eventually taught us a technique for winning the wishbone game, by allowing your opponent to do the work. Learn how here.
Papa didn’t take anything for granted. He was self-reliant and learned strategies and skills to tip the odds in his favor. And when fortune smiled upon our family he would often say, “We are so lucky. We have so much. Be grateful every day!” He expressed his gratitude for the blessings he received not just on Thanksgiving, but each and every day.
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