A few years ago I bought a large bag of Skittles for our Thanksgiving family gathering. I opened the bag and instructed each family member to take some Skittles. The bag made its way around the family circle. The younger children chose to pour a small mound; older family members kept just a few. After the Skittles made their way around, I instructed everyone to share one thing they were thankful for for each piece of candy they held.
We had to help some of the smaller children since they kept so many Skittles. They were thankful for everything from grass and bugs to family members. Our older family members put more thought into their comments. My favorite response came from my mother-in-law’s mom. She is a precious lady, but not often free with positive or encouraging comments. This particular day she lavished words of encouragement and affirmation on my sweet mother-in-law.
My mother-in-law needed to hear her words. After our time together, my mother-in-law commented that she had never heard her mom speak so affirmingly of her. If we had not planned our activity with the Skittles, I wonder if those words would have ever been exchanged. Many of us will always remember that time together.
Times like this rarely happen unless they are planned for. Why not make this a part of your Thanksgiving this year? Start by choosing your favorite (small bits of) candy and a time you can be together with your family. Who knows what special memories will come your way?