Our Family Thanksgiving Tradition Sometimes Went Over The Top

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Today when I was on the air and wishing my listeners a “Happy Thanksgiving”, I was thinking back to my earlier holidays growing up in our family. The oldest of five children in our tribe, I can’t remember at what age our family started doing the “wishbone breaking” tradition. You know how it works – you remove the wishbone from the picked over carcass on the carving plate and set aside on the kitchen stove to dry out.

Before the Break

Before the Break

Once its dried, that’s when the competition starts.  The two selected bone combatants would gently grasp one selected end of the wishbone, quietly make a wish to themselves then  wait for the countdown to which each would pull away from each other and hope they ended with the greater portion of the broken fragment; indicating who’s wish would be granted.

Undisputed Tie!

Undisputed Tie!

 

 

Kids are kids so there was always the need for supervision or refereeing so that no one would attempt to gain an unfair advantage over the other and who could correctly remember last year’s wish partakers; “YOU got to do it last year! I never get a turn!”  Mom has heard it all before…

A third party observer would think the Harold kids were preparing for an arm wrestling match. That’s why I was chuckling to myself as I mentioned this memory on the air. I had visions of Sylvester Stallone prepping against an opponent in his 1987 film, Over The Top.  Mom is always the acting referee for this seasonal competition between siblings. Those were the days!!!

My wish is that you enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving with your family this year – and I’m not breaking any bones over this one!

Call in the ref!

Call in the ref!

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