awoke this morning with a devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old
and the new.
Shall I not call God the Beautiful, who daily showeth himself to me in
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happy Thanksgiving to all
those celebrating the holiday and to everyone
else happy Thursday!
I was kinda at a loss on
what to do for this issue. CABB 4 was one of
my very favorite newsletters so I couldn't really imagine topping it
with a different poem or story. So I decided not to even
try. I've never been terribly ambitious. ;-) In any
case, I hope you enjoy the latest "Dear Annie Dru" column and a few
words from our friends in Dyeland.
Dear Annie Dru,
This year I'm hosting my
first ever Thanksgiving feast!!! I'm so
psyched! I've been trying out various dishes and making out
little place cards and even making those little rings you put on wine
glasses so people don't mix theirs up. I think I'm totally
prepared. However... I do have one fairly major problem. As
I'm sure you know, turkey is the mainstay of the Thanksgiving
meal. But one of my guests loves turkeys. He even has some
as pets. I don't want to hurt his feelings by having turkey but I
also know my other guests will be totally miffed if I serve, say,
salmon. But then may be someone there will be passionately
committed to preserving salmon or something! Ack!
This guy's really
to me. He came into my family's life
earlier this year and helped us through a really tough time. I'd
be devastated if I offended him. What should I do to appease both
my new friend and the others coming to dinner?
Rachel Ray Wannabe
I see you've met Adam.
If there's one thing I know about Adam
it's that he'd never want to be the cause of anyone's angst. Have
you talked to him about this? Perhaps Adam might even volunteer
to supply some of his turkey-like substance. Your other guests
would never even know unless you told them.
However, please know
it's not your job as hostess to make every
single dish acceptable to every single person. I assume you're
serving more than just turkey. If someone doesn't like turkey or
objects to eating it, they can always enjoy the sweet potatoes or green
bean casserole or whatever else you might be serving.
Whatever you decide, I hope
you enjoy the holiday! Also, if you
haven't told Adam what you just told me about how much he means to you
and how grateful you are to him, might I suggest you tell him on
Thanksgiving? I think that would be the perfect time.
Dear Annie Dru--
Let's say you've invited an
angelic friend over to Thanksgiving dinner
at your parents'... However, you're not supposed to let the other
guests know he's an angel. Okay? So now what if your
mother's convinced he's your boyfriend and has already made several
jokes about it? Worse yet, what if she's spread this rumor around
to all your relations?
I really don't want my
friend to be embarrassed but other than
"outting" him, I don't know how to stop this. It's too late to
uninvite him. He's really excited to join us. What should I
He's Just Not That Into
Because angels cannot lie,
you can't think of going that route by
inventing a love interest for your friend. If he were human, that
might be my suggestion. You could try telling your family that
your friend is somewhat reserved about matters of the heart and may be
terribly embarrassed by their teasing. That could very well be
true. However, if your family is as vocal as you make them seem;
I doubt this would suffice.
I contacted resident angel
of death, Andrew, for suggestions. He
suggested the angel might offer a line like "Marriage isn't for me
although I think it can be a beautiful thing. However, I've
committed my life to God." Andrew says he's found this sometimes
makes people feel awkward and they'll walk away or change the
subject. Other people will accept it immediately and stop the
insinuations. And as a bonus: it's true! Andrew also
suggested introducing a quick change of topic. Here's an example
Family member: So... you and
Jane are really close, huh? Do I
hear wedding bells? ::laugh::
Angel: Jane's a great girl
but we're just friends. How about that
At that point my angelic
helper developed one of his devilish grins and
suggested that, if all else fails, the angel could just keep constantly
eating. That way, if asked a question about your assumed
relationship, they have good reason not to answer. After all,
you're not supposed to talk with your mouth full. I asked Andrew
if he was speaking from experience and he declined to answer.
Best of luck, Anyone!
I hope one of these suggestions will work
for your and your friend.
Now the Dyelanders and friends
share with us what they're most grateful for this holiday season...
Vincent- On this, the first Thanksgiving since Catherine and I were
married, I cannot help but be thankful for my loving wife and all my
family and friends.
Andrew- I'm thankful for getting to celebrate another holiday among
friends. I can't believe that after Monica, Tess, Gloria and I
went our separate ways that I worried I'd spend all my holidays alone
when not Home! Nothing could
have been further from the
truth. So I'm thankful for all the ladies of Dyeland (even when
they tease me 0;-), my fellow angels, and all those who have made this
such a special place. I'm, uh, thankful that this November hasn't
been like last November. I'm so grateful that everyone stood by
me then... even when I didn't want them to. On a happier note,
I'm thankful for my hair. It's not that I really care that much
about it but apparently it brings others joy and laughter. So I
guess the occasional knots and split ends are worth it.
Gloria- I'm thankful for encyclopedias, especially the JABB one.
It's helped me learn more about all these great people. Did you
know that JenniAnn's named after a Welsh nun (Dwynwen) who became the
patron saint of sick animals and lovers? Did you know that
Idlewild is named for a house in Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Anne"
series? Did you know that Dr. Matt Socad's last name is an
acronym for "Son of Cliff and Daisy"? Why's Tess looking at me
Tess- I'm thankful that people, including know-it-all angels, respond
quickly to my Looks.
Catherine- I'm thankful that the Wells portion of my name is now
Monica- I'm thankful for mocha and espresso and java and lattes and
macchiatos... especially when enjoyed with friends.
Lady JenniAnn- I'm thankful we're all healthy and happy! I'm also
thankful that we get to see angels so often. How many people can
say that?!? I'm thankful for being able to split my time between
Dyeland and the Tunnels: two places that let me be me. Speaking
of that, I'm thankful that I've finally found a way to really be a part
of two communities I love dearly. Their love, concern, and
support and the chance to offer the same to them are probly what I'm
most thankful for. Besides Andrew's hair, of course. Just
kidding. But I am thankful for it. And tie-dye and flared
Henry - I'm thankful for
having the opportunity to work with such
angels as Tess, Monica, Andrew, Adam, Nigel, Sam and all the other
angels I've come in contact with. It's been great and I hope that
we're able to continue to be there for each other. I'm also
thankful for the Father for letting me have the chance to come to
Dyeland and meeting everyone here. It's been very special to
create a home here and be warmly accepted into the fold of all of the
Dyelanders and their many friends who live outside Dyeland as
well. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else when I'm not on
Lady Beth - I'm thankful for having friends here in Dyeland who have
made it a special place to be and who have become like a 2nd family to
me. It must have been the Father who was silently talking to me
before coming here, whispering in my ear how wonderful a place this is
and that I'd be at home with everyone associated with Dyeland. I
never considered the fact that, in a roundabout way, I needed the
company of others in order to grow and come out of a shell that had
been created by being alone.
I'm also thankful for having a retreat in a special place amongst the
Rocky Mountains in the country I've loved since birth.
I'm also thankful to celebrate 2 Thanksgivings in a month and a half of
each other. This means double the ham, stuffing, twice baked
mashed potatoes, yams cooked in orange juice and brown sugar with
pineapple, desserts....food in general. Just think, Christmas is
just over a month away so we can have this all again. lol
Yva- I am thankful that I have Sir Sven in my life and
the joy we have found together. The last 12 and a half years of
marriage have been absolute bliss. I am grateful that Willy was able to
came to Dyeland and has not run away in absolute fright because of all
the insanity that has happened since his arrival here. I am
grateful for my beloved guardian, Nigel, my big brother, Vincent,
and my friends who have always been there with me during those
difficult times. I remain grateful that Dyeland has evolved into
such a wonderful, warm, and caring place. I am grateful for the friends
of Dyeland like Nigel's friend William, Father, the Tunnel children,
Enos, and Leopold who have always been around, though not directly
involved with its going's on. I am grateful to Father for
sometimes letting me beat him at chess...even if he doesn't always
admit to being distracted. Finally, I am grateful to God for
reaching my 37th year. :)
Nigel- I am grateful for all of the friends I have made, specifically
during the time when I had been laid up with a broken
leg. Somehow, I have come to realize how special everything
has been for me during the time when I truly needed the
assistance of my friends. I am grateful to Lady Beth for all the
cookies and encouragement that she has brought during the
difficult times, specifically the aforementioned broken leg as well as
my concern with the traumas regarding Andi. I am grateful to
Vincent, Father, and all of our friends in the Tunnels for
their kind regards when I have been away from Dyeland.
I am, furthermore, quite gratified in knowing that Lady JenniAnn and
Lady Catherine for staying in touch and trying to assist me when
everything happened with Andi. I am thankful, too, for Rose, who took
care of Lady Sarah, Sir Toby, Miss Ellie and Hannibal when
neither myself nor Sir Sven were able or available
to do so. Finally, I am thankful that I am still able to be Yva's
guardian and that she brought me to Dyeland in the first place.
Adam- I am grateful for Turkeys. What else? :) I am
also grateful that my turkeys did not destroy Tourkia during the
past few months when I have rarely been at home.
For that, I am grateful to the Father. Of course, I am grateful
to Monica for checking in on things there when I am away. I
am thankful that I didn't have to dress as the orange for the
Halloween Party (sorry Henry, but you lost when we drew the
straws). I am thankful to the Father for humor, fun, end
those enjoyable times with friends. Along those same lines, I
remain grateful that whenever I comes back to Dyeland, I have this
uncanny feeling that I have never been away. That's a
sense of family that gives an angel a very special feeling. Finally, I
am grateful for all my friends, whether they are human or
angels. There is something very special about having friends, and
my gratitude is always present for this.
Willy- As Marcel Proust said "Let us be grateful to people
who make us
happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls
blossom." I am grateful to everyone in Dyeland for welcoming
me so warmly. I am also quite fond of this wonderful place, and
the new factory is like a dream. I am thankful to Adam for
having introduced me to Yva, who somehow caused a ripple effect that
brought me to Dyeland. I am thankful that there is
something in this world that is sweeter than candy, and that is the
loving friends who have allowed my presence here. I am grateful for
getting the chance to work with such delightful people as Lady
Beth and can exchange such wonderful dialogues with such gentle and
kind people as Lady JenniAnn and Rose. I am grateful for the
newfound friendship with Vincent and Father. Their acceptance has
been truly a wondrous thing. Finally, I am filled with
gratitude for having the opportunity to host parties and give
of myself to all of you.
Jessie- I am grateful for Vincent, Father, Adam, and all my
friends in Dyeland. I am thankful to Yva and Willy for the
wonderful costume and the Halloween party. I am grateful that Lady
JenniAnn is such a wonderful teacher and that she doesn't yell
at me when I sometimes forget to practice reading.
I am grateful for my home. I am thankful for Adam for all the
pictures he sends me. I am also thankful to Willy for the yummy
candy he shares with us whenever he visits._____.________
I was asked
to write a prayer to
end this JABB with. I'm not sure why I was asked
specifically. I suspect it may have something to do with the
person who requested this of me being a big fan of a certain poignant
scene in "The Journalist." Whatever the reason, it's my honor to
write this. Prayer's an important part of my life and I hope
everyone finds a place for it during the holiday season.
Thank You for this day and every day that You've given us. Thank
You for the company of friends and family. Help us to always be
there for one another and to welcome, with open arms and hearts, anyone
who may come our way. Help us to remember that we are all Your
children and Your love shines on us all.
As we embark on this holiday season and begin (or continue) our
shopping and baking and decorating, help us to always make the time to
talk to You. May we always remember that this season is Your
season and our lives are Your lives. In remembering these things,
I pray we draw closer to You and to each other and realize that those
bonds are truly the cause for celebration. Not gifts or sweets,
as wonderful as those may be.
Thank you, Father, for all the gifts You've given us and most
especially Your love. We love you.
(Photo Credits: The photographs used on this page are from "Touched by
an Angel" and owned by CBS Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon
Water Productions. They are not being used to seek profit.
Also, my brother drew this turkey years ago for the first Thanksgiving
JABB. I guess I was feeling nostalgic and used it for this