Monday, December 7, 2009

A simple pleasure remembered…

Today I opened a beautiful e-card sent to me by my friend Alice Kay. As I listened to the music and watched the little birds flitting around my computer screen, a memory from my childhood flooded back to me. The memory of the wishbone.


The wishbone legend began with the ancient belief that chickens were fortune tellers. The tradition of wishing on their clavicle, or “wishbone,” was passed down through the generations and brought to America by the Pilgrims. They adapted it to the turkey, making it a part of the Thanksgiving festivities.

I never knew the legend. But I definitely knew the wishbone. It was always an honor to be on one of the ends of the wish bone.

It is a mystery how they decided who had the honor of making a wish, but it always seemed fair. We would close our eyes and make a secret wish. “Don’t tell anyone, or it won’t come true!” I can’t even remember what any of my wishes were. I just remember how special it was to be the one to grab hold one of the slippery ends of the wishbone to pull.

There must have been an art to tugging on that bone just right, because my older brother always came out with the winning end.

Oh! And the Thanksgiving wishbone! That was really special! And I’m kicking myself, because this is one tradition I never thought about carrying on with my own kids. I had not given it a thought until I watched those little birdies in my card tugging at that wish bone. I’m just going to have to start a new tradition with my grandchildren.

Close your eyes, make a wish, and pull! Shhhhh don’t tell anyone what your wish is or it won’t come true!

Oh, and in case you are wondering, I did finally let Austin and James out of the trunk. They won’t call me old again anytime soon!


Anonymous said...

Knock Knock

Who's There?

*in muffled voices* Austin and James... please let us out. It's dark in here.

Hee hee..

Funny in my mind said...

They deserved that trunk vacation, hee hee!
We always fought over the wishbone and could never wait til it was completely dried out.
Thanks for the background history on it!

AliceKay said...

Nice memories. I'm glad the e-greeting brought them back for you. I hope you do start the wishbone tradition with your grandchildren, so they too can have those memories to think back on later in life. :)

I bet Austin and James are happy to be out of grandma's trunk. LOL

Have a good day. *hugs*

Leah said...

I never knew where the wishbone tradition came from. Very cool!

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful memory, it reminds me of the times me and my sisters fought over who would get the wishbone on Thanksgiving or Christmas from the turkey :o) I don't remember what I wished for either.

Intense Guy said...

It was very nice of Alice Kay to send you a card that triggered so many nice memories.


Knock! Knock!
Who's there?
Uarna who?
Uarna OLD!!!! Now let us out!

*laffs at Snappy Di*

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sherri said...

I enjoyed learning of the wishbone history. ANd love it when something triggers good memories!

MarmiteToasty said...

Who carves the turkey in this house gets the wishbone :)

*Trying to work out Iggys joke* LOL


Tori_z said...


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Nana said...

I never knew where that started either. I too have been slack about passing that on to my kids. We did it all the time. Hmmmm.

LadyStyx said...

this reminds me...I've got a clavical sitting on my counter, just waiting to be wished upon. Maybe we should wish these stinkin bots away?

Golly, what DID you do to get all these ads?? .oO(I'd like to avoid 'em thankyouverymuch!)

Nezzy said...

I always save the wishbone for my grandkids and we draw names to see who gets to make the wish each year. Thanks for the history on it, it will be shared next Thanksgiving!!!

God bless and have a terrific day!!!

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