In my childhood home, a green ceramic cornucopia, stuffed with artificial fruits and vegetables, signified Thanksgiving season. It sat atop the elaborately carved, dining room buffet, spilling its plastic contents in a dramatic flourish. My brother Nick and I would pass by the decoration and pluck off its grapes to chew and suction on to our tongues. As a result the bounty diminished with each passing Thanksgiving.
I don't know why this memory has stuck with me, but I suppose it felt sneaky and fun to pilfer the grapes. Like puppies, the chewing was probably soothing in some basic way, but mostly, it was so silly to stick the grapes to our tongues. I'm so glad I had/have family with whom to be silly. What is life for if not to ridicule the existence of an artificial cornucopia--to dare it to usefulness -- to very literally taste its inedible bounty?
Happy Thanksgiving! May you find opportunity to be silly, sneaky, or at the very least chew a lot this holiday!!!
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Anna Lentz, artist and writer, blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.