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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Cousin(s) (05/22/08)

TITLE: Thanksgiving at Big Mama's House
By Annora Williams
05/25/08


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The sun has barely peeked over the horizon when the two girls park themselves in front of the television. Itís early yet for the big Macyís Day parade, but they want to make sure that they are there to see every float and hot air balloon that passes across the screen. They are also anxious for the yard to begin filling with cars, trucks, and vans.

Itís Thanksgiving Day and everyone is making the yearly trip for the feast at Big Mamaís. In only a short while, the yard will resemble a parking lot at a mall and the house next door will be overflowing with family and scrumptious food. This is a day no one will go hungry with the spread that will appear along with the relatives. There will be ham, fried chicken, green beans, Aggie Mackís skillet cornbread, Aunt Lydieís very green key lime pie, a variety of vegetables and casseroles, and Aunt Marthaís 14 layer chocolate cake. The girls always look forward to filling their plates and then finding a spot among the many relatives to sit and stuff themselves.

Besides the delicious foods that will arrive, the girls are also anticipating the flood of people coming in. Especially the younger crowd- their cousins. There will be the older ones who are in their teens. This group wonít have much patience for the eight and ten year old waiting for their arrival. However, a few will tolerate them for a short time simply because they are family and have not seen each other in about a year. They will catch up then go their separate ways to find more age appropriate activities.

Then there is the much younger crowd- babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Being right smack in the middle of the two age groups, the girls gravitate to the younger crowd and fill the role of leader. This group will accept them with open arms as the jump rope gets brought out and games of tag and hide and seek begin amongst all the vehicles. Itís a great way for them to burn off all that food that has been consumed.

Itís never boring being surrounded by so many family members, and the two girls enjoy this break from the ordinary. They also appreciate having others to play with besides each other for the day. Thanksgiving comes but once a year but it never disappoints with the opportunity of reconnection among family.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 05/29/08
Your description of a
family Thanksgiving made me yearn for a family holiday AND a piece of that fourteen-layer chocolate cake.
Lollie Hofer 06/02/08
My eyes bugged out over the "14-layer cake." I say, bring it on! Loved the scene. I liked the voice of the narrator as well. My only suggestion would be to maybe to have a little dialogue between the girls or between them and their cousins. Over all, splendid story. What wonderful memories to have about growing up.