• That is one great and funny story! Love it! It’s interesting that this story talks about taking time so you don’t miss something important – I was just writing about that this very morning. I do not have any Thanksgiving stories that can come close to this one. LOL 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl, Great minds so thing alike… :D. We all have some fond memories, but some are funnier then others. I’m glad you enjoyed my story. :-)))

  • Gina Beth Baker

    None of our memories include a flying turkey! That is hilarious. 🙂 One of my favorites lately is when just my husband, me and my little boy went to this fancy hotel for Thanksgiving brunch. not only was it scrumptious, but we had a great day not worrying about any cooking or other details. 🙂

    • Hi Gina, Thanks. It was really funny as a kid and we talked about it for along time. We have done that too when it’s just us and not family is visiting. It’s fun to have someone else worry about it all… :-)))

  • HB

    I LOVE this story. It really made me laugh. The one memory I have of Thanksgiving is when a raccoon got into the trash can the night before and we thought someone was trying break in to our house. We called the police. It was quite a ruckus and too funny when we found out what it really was. 🙂

    • Hi HB, Thank you. That sounds like a great story in and of itself. I could just see that happening 🙂

  • Rogene

    Great story! I needed a good laught today.

    • Hi Rogene, I am so glad it gave you a much needed laugh. 🙂

  • Wonderful story, Susan. My late husband and I used to own a log home in upstate New York. Very rural. We would host Thanksgiving dinner in front of a roaring fireplace. We felt like early pilgrims surrounded by family, friends and log walls. It was very special.

    • Thanks Jeannette, Your upstate NY place and family gatherings sound absolutely delightful, especially the fire place. 🙂

  • No thanksgiving memories but your story made me laugh thank you for that……also can remember a time when my nan forgot to take the giblets out of the turkey but it didn’t explode out of the oven pop discovered them when he went to cave the turkey and nan blamed him for her leaving them in the turkey she said he was disturbing her and made her forget……………he just said ok my fault……………and laughed when she left the room…….

    • Hi Jo-Ann, This story always makes me laugh when I remember it. I’m glad it did the same for you. 🙂 I love your story, that is really cute and he was a very wise man too. 🙂

  • Wow!! The flying turkey from the owen!! I can imagine the stunned faces in that kitchen…

    • Hi Bindu, It was certainly a moment I will never forget. It always make me laugh when I think of it, especially this time of year. 🙂

  • Well it is the first time I have heard of a dead flying turkey and I loved the way your dad poked it just in case it was coming back from the dead. You are right about slowing down especially the need for it these days. One thing i learned form this article is I never knew you used the giblets to make the gravy 🙂 Hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving.

    • Hi Susan, It was funny at the time, but there was NO way I was going to check it… LOL. The giblets do make awesome flavorful gravy. It hard slowing down when everything seems to be speeding up… sigh! It is something we must figure out, don’t you think? I am happy you enjoyed the story. 🙂

  • Tom Ross


    Another great story.

    Reminds me that the family gatherings that seem at the time a “disaster” can be the most delightful and memorable ones. I know it’s a cliche but what matters is simply to be together. I never stop feeling gratitude for each moment I can spend with those I love.

    Your gentle and loving spirit shines through in the stories you tell.


    • Hi Tom, You’re right, sometimes these types of disasters become a memory that stays with us for a life time. This one certainly has… LOL

      You are too kind. You have warmed my heart with you kindness. Thank you my friend. 🙂

  • wendy mccance

    I really think you need to write a book! You really have a wonderful way of make the words create a vivid picture in your mind. The stories have been so enjoyable to read. P.S. I really love the pictures you have done. They’re fabulous. 🙂

    • Hi Wendy, WOW, do you really? I have been seriously thinking about publishing my stories in an ebook. It pleases me greatly that you enjoy both my story and drawings. :-)))

  • John Barton

    Susan Another great story and there is nothing better than to relate to your own personal experiences. Great fun with the turkey – hopefully ours will come at Christmas time! I think we miss out here in the UK by not having an equivalent to Thanksgiving. There was once talk about celebrating Trafalgar Day as an extra public holiday but for some reason we did not pursue that idea! Cheers John

    • Hi John, Thank you. Thanksgiving here is all about family and sharing. It’s a perfect holiday to have before all the other holidays get into full swing. :-)))

  • I just loved this post! Your illustrations are outstanding and the story has one of the best morals ever! Slowing down is one of the most life enhancings we can do to truly succeed in the physical tasks we engage in as well as in our peace of mind. The older I’ve gotten, the more I realize that multitasking is failing me! Solid focus on one (okay… maybe two) tasks at a time renders better results.

    • Hi Keyuri. Thank you so much… :-). You warm my heart with your kind words. Slowing down these days isn’t easy but we do need to do that when ever possible for the very reason you mentioned. 🙂

  • Margaret Duarte

    I can visualize this happening at our house. Something to laugh about afterwards, but not always funny at the time it happens. The best stories are often the ones that at first are the most distressing. You’re right, these are moments that should be written down to be shared later. They do, indeed, contain valuable lessons.

    • Thanks Margaret, How right you are. It wasn’t so funny then but we talked and laughed about for years after. The lesson was one that has stayed with me, i just need to heed it more then I do… LOL

  • Mark Brody

    That was hysterical!! It will keep a smile on my face through Christmas just thinking about it! Those are the stories that family memories are made of!
    Thank you for sharing, Susan!

    • Hey Mark, These types of memories become part of the fabric of a family… and they make us laugh. I’m happy it did that for you as well. 🙂

  • Janelle

    Haha! Great story! Yes, we all need to slow down and enjoy! Thanks Susan.

    • So true Janelle. I’m happy the story made you laugh. I certainly do in the telling of it… LOL

  • claudiajustsaying

    Great pictures and the story, can’t beat a flying turkey and everyone’s reaction. Claudia

    • Thanks so much Claudia, It was a great moment for us as a family and one I shall never forget… LOL.

  • Doreen Pendgracs

    Terrific post, Susan. And lovely illustrations as usual.

    You folks in the US seem to put more emphasis/importance on TG than we do in Canada. I think that’s kind of neat. 🙂

    And wow! That flying turkey will always be with you. How amazing! I hope you enjoy the holidays and that those memories will stay with you forever.

    • Hi Doreen, Thank you… 🙂 It was truly one of the funniest of memories. I still have trouble not laughing before I finish telling someone about our flying turkey… LOL

      Thanksgiving has become a special time to enjoy family and share what we have with others before the holiday season takes off. 🙂

  • Flying turkey! reminds me of cooking sweet potatoes a few weeks ago, Susan. I forgot to punch holes in it with the fork, and it exploded in the microwave – blew one end off and splattered it all over the inside of the oven, top, bottom and sides.

    I’m glad the turkey turned out OK – the potato was too, and I haven’t forgotten since.

    I miss Thanksgiving in the US!

    • Hi Alan and welcome, Boy have I done that and it’s a mess, but now you have a story to tell… LOL. I do agree, the US Turkey day is very special. 🙂

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    “I need to slow down; take a moment to make sure I don’t miss something important”. I feel that way all of the time. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and enjoy all the little things in life

    • Hi Krystle, That is always the hope when in a very busy time. When there is time to breath in life, it is such a joy. 🙂

  • Hilarious! Reminded me of A Christmas Story, I was half expecting it to end in the local Chinese restaurant!

    • Hi there and welcome. I’m glad this story was able to give you laugh. No, there was no Chinese Restaurant in our town… LOL. 🙂

  • Goodness, what a story!! I can’t say I’ve ever seen a dead turkey fly! 🙂

    • Hi Bethany, Thanks, Me either until that day, nor have I seen one since… LOL

  • Tope Olofin

    Awww Susan, I love your writing style here. I love how you chose a simple story to point out a very valuable lesson. And I know I need to slow down, so I don’t miss anything important. I am always running, could my city life be blamed for this?

    • Hi Tope, What a nice thing to say… :-). I think the busier the town we live, makes it that much harder to find the time so slow down. Good luck with that. 🙂

  • Kelly Wade

    Very funny! I would have been on the floor laughing if I had seen that. The funniest story I can think of is when an uncle of mine wrote the words “Hi Toni” in the stick of butter because he knew my aunt would be the first to ask someone to pass the butter. She saw it and started yelling and we all had a good laugh. I love Thanksgiving and can’t wait for next week!

    • Hi Kelly, The fact that I made you laugh is a great reward for me. I love that story about your uncle, I could see that happening at our house too… LOL. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 🙂

  • Well at least the poor bird got one last flight before becoming dinner! My mom always likes to tell the story of the first time she cooked a turkey for Thanksgiving. The stuffing said “ready to use” on the box, so she just stuck the crumbs in without adding any liquid, etc. Must’ve been pretty dang dry…

    • Hi Jeri, LOL… It certainly did. What a great story… no kidding… LOL I would loved to have seen the reactions she got when she told everyone about the stuffing. 🙂

  • Oh, I’m happy to read it turned OK! We had problems with our oven last summer – there were a few times I had to barbecue instead of bake. We got a new oven. Then we had our power outages recently …

    I love the image of the BAM from the oven.

    • Hi Leora, We were to and we were entertained to boot… LOL. I hate it when that happens. I’m glad you now have a new oven and I hope the power was restored very quickly. 🙂

  • Elizabeth Scott

    Susan – I couldn’t stop laughing when I read this story. We had a similar situation when I was cooking a whole chicken and the whole glass pan shattered in the oven while it was still cooking. Needless to say we went to dinner that night.

    • Hi Elizabeth, I’m glad it gave you a good laugh. Wow, that must have been quite a mess. Our pan was the old-fashion speckled metal one. 🙂

  • What a great take away. Me I would have taken away something much less useful, like peeing your pants with laughter is not as horrifying as some would think 🙂

    • Hi Rebecca, Thanks… LOL. It was really funny after we had gotten over the shock of the turkey flying out of the oven. 🙂

  • This was a joy to read! Your mother’s comment about slowing down is so true! Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Sherryl, Your words make me do a happy dance. 🙂

  • What a lovely story (I did the same my first married Christmas, attempting my first Turkey dinner, but with less explosions and more smell of melted plastic!) ! I live in the UK and I’m really envious of your Thanksgiving tradition. Following from the More than Mommies Mixer – http://flusteredshell.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Hi Michelle, Welcome and thank you so much… :-). That is too funny. I believe everyone have a story or two worth telling with a good laugh. 🙂

  • dan gogerty

    Hi Susan, Pigs might fly, and now we know that dead turkeys certainly do. I much enjoyed your story. For my weekly blog, I also wrote a Thanksgiving day piece, “The Real Black Friday,” at http://cast-science.blogspot.com/

    • Hi Dan, Welcome. Your funny and so was that experience. I’ll check your story out. 🙂

  • This is hilarious because my uncle cooked the giblets this weekend, too! Unfortunately, there were no kitchen explosions. That would have added a little excitement to our pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving.

    • Hi, Thanks, I am so glad you enjoyed it. Trust me, a little less excitement on Turkey Day is a good thing… LOL. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  • What a great story! I’ll bet you always check the inside of the turkey before roasting it. My mother would always take the giblets out, but fried them up for the dog. She didn’t think they were good enough for humans to eat. That dog was SO spoiled.

    • Hi Krystyna, You can say that again… LOL. It’s the first thing we do before even thinking about cooking any bird. :-). Your dog must have loved the holiday’s and when you cooked a Turkey. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

      • whilldtkwriter

        I had washed the giblets and put them in a baggie and offered the package to my dinner guest for her cats. She said they’re so fussy that she’d failed to get them to accept her own offerings. I tossed my packet after she left. We don’t do giblets..

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  • whilldtkwriter

    I linked to your story in my own article about my New Year Turkey Day meal (http://whilldtkwriter.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-year-turkey-day.html). “Her family’s turkey flew out of the oven as though it were possessed.”