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Thanksgiving Challenge 2020 Friday

One project that I currently undertake is to write articles daily something about which I am thankful until Thanksgiving comes. It is a challenge I extend to all who are willing to take it up. I could think of nothing to write about because of what is going on in my family. There is nothing dramatically abnormal happening. It is the same old drama that comes to a family of eight people living in a house where everyone is home 24 hours daily working, schooling, and leisure-ing. What could possibly go wrong? What could possibly go WRONG!

The word for today is cornucopia. Isn't that a strange word, cornucopia. I think of a cornucopia of problems overflowing into my living room or a cornucopia of issues yelling "Dad!" and then proceeding to reveal what awful thing some other cornucopia did that I must dispatch with the releasing of my cornucopia all over. We just be cornucopia-ing all over the place in this house.

I also think it's laughable that that word suits my current situation with the cornucopia. It is a horn of plenty overflowing things of the earth to eat, right? Each little cornucopia is overflowing here.

There is nothing dramatically abnormal happening. It is the same old drama that comes to a family of eight people living in a house where everyone is home 24 hours daily working, schooling, and leisure-ing.

Trump

My house is at war with me. After the election, I revealed to my family members who I voted for to win the presidency. Talk about a cornucopia of verbiage from the members! One of the kids, a boy, looked at me with all the hurt he could muster, and said, "How could you?"

I voted for President Trump. I was sure in my convictions about him until he pulled a Goob. See, in the movie Meet the Robinsons (spoiler alert if you haven't seen it), there is this supposedly minor character in the show who is the roommate of the main character.

Goob turned out to be the villain in the end. You pity him throughout the entire movie because of having to room with a kid who stays up all hours of the night trying to invent things, keeping poor Goob awake. Because Goob was awake all night before his big baseball game, he dropped the ball that would have won the game.

He obsessed over the issue well into his adult years where he found a time machine to go back and torture the poor wiz-kid who kept him up all night putting the future at risk. He visits himself in the past and gives him some advice.

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How is Trump Goob? Well, he lost the election and is trying to hold the future hostage by refusing to concede to Biden. I mean, maybe it is not so similar, but it works that way in my mind, especially since a daughter of mine, who also voted for Trump pointed out that is who President Trumps puts her in the mind of because of this uncharacteristically unpresidential behavior with Biden.

I voted for President Trump. I was sure in my convictions about him until he pulled a Goob.

Dinner

The youngest one blew her cornucopia like a trumpet causing the oldest one to blow his like one too. Back and forth they supplied plenty of what was inside them for the entire family to "enjoy." I know it is hard to show sarcasm in writing for me, sometimes. I do the quotation marks to bring out the emphasis. It doesn't help so much.

One of the older kids returned home from work with chicken nuggets and did not give her younger sister any. She cornucopia-ed through the whole house screaming, "Why did you get chicken nuggets when you knew I would want some!"

For some reason, the oldest could not grasp why the ten-year-old would scream crying through the house because she could not have her older sister's nuggets. He, of course, made the situation worse.

I sat there as ear-piercing cornucopia serrated-like contents shook my eardrums from both an adult brother and a too-old-to-behave-like-that ten-year-old. I had to remain quiet. It was one of those times where I knew if I spoke, my cornucopia contents would run overkill.

Eventually, the wife stepped in quietly chastising the working girl for bringing home food she would not share, it is a rule in our house against doing so. She also checked her older brother who eventually calmed down.

Dinner was chili with undercooked beans in it that I made.

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Dinner was chili with undercooked beans in it that I made.

Scripture Study

I was tired. It was late. Three of us did not show. The other five participated as one of us read a few verses and offered some commentary. Two of my kids sat on either side of me, teen boys no less, each putting an arm on my shoulder. True, they smack each other while pretending to hug me, but it made me realize how thankful I am for all of my family members. Six of my seven kids were safe at home, the other one waiting for us in heaven. I was thankful for my own family, a cornucopia spilling out into my life. As stressful as it can be, I cherish the plenty I have received in them, in the eight of us here in mortality and the one in the afterlife. Happy Thanksgiving.

Old Family Picture

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© 2020 Rodric Anthony

Comments

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 14, 2020:

Thanks, John. I am going to keep up my writing. I wanted to quit yesterday because of the chaos in the house. Thank God for electronics to distract us! We have a library of books, but no one reads them anymore except on a device. Thanks for the support.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 14, 2020:

Bill, I don't stay sane! I am just as overflowing with chaos as the rest of my family members are. That is why I write. Well, that is one of the reasons I write. I could not imagine life without any of them. I want more, but I will be thankful for what I have. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on November 14, 2020:

Brenda, I appreciate your reading and commenting. My house is a cornucopia of experiences. See what I did there? Kidding aside, it is stressful to have so many of us in the house with so many big personalities in our family. I call one of my kids Donald Trump, not out of derision. He has a big personality just like that man, though. God bless.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 14, 2020:

Wow! That is a house full.

I cannot imagine that many people on a daily basis...my hat goes off to you ( so to say).

Sorry to hear you have a little one in heaven. I imagine it brings your family closer together.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 14, 2020:

I am tired just thinking of your cornucopia, my friend. I don't know how you stay sane with that many people underfoot, but love always finds a way, me thinks. :) Much to be thankful for!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 13, 2020:

An enjoyable article, Rodric. You have a beautiful family, and they sound very normal. Keep the articles coming until Thanksgiving.