29 November 2009

The Thanksgiving Table Cards

The girlie wanted to make place cards for Thanksgiving dinner, so I dug up some ancient index cards, folded them in half, and cut them to size.

I wrote out all the names for her, and she set to work. Of her own volition, she added "Love" after everyone's name - which meant that one card was marked "Mike Love". Alas, no, we had no Beach Boys at the table.

Somewhere during the course of the meal, someone unfolded one of the cards and discovered my tidy microscopic handwriting on the back – they’d originally been notes for a college art history class – yes, a hundred years ago. Because of the way the cards had been cut, the notes were rendered into some obscure haiku-like poetry.

Life size, dark granite
Kerma
Surrogate body
No motion, no time

Middle Kingdom

13 comments:

Woman in a Window said...

heh heh,
dinner for smart people.

so searching my recipe box for your candy cane cookie recipe from last year. my daughter's favorites! unfortunately, since I couldn't find the recipe, the little lovlies have eaten all the candy canes...again!

xo
erin

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Didn't your mom have lots of old things from many years ago? I don't even have index cards from a year ago--that's how much of a tosser I am.

The haiku is very cool.

the sandwich life said...

oh good lord that's funny....everything from Mike Love to the haiku!!! Thanks.....

Lollipop Goldstein said...

Oooh, it's found poetry! You should submit it to a journal.

phd in yogurtry said...

now there's a thanksgiving table conversation starter!

Mary G said...

Way cool. I may steal that and do it on purpose.

Aunt Becky said...

I'm coming to your house because it's cool.

Stimey said...

Find the right publisher, and you have a poetry book right there on those cards.

Kyla said...

Ha! That is funny. Most of my index cards are describing various body parts or bodily functions...probably not quite as poetic, even cut in half. LOL.

YourFireAnt said...

Great post, Maggie. And I love the haiku.

T.

Bibliomama said...

That's so insanely cool if you were someone else i would have thought you made it up :)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

That's pretty hysterical. I would have insisted everyone tell a story based on the random scribblings the found on their card. "And there stood the turkey...no motion, no time..."

Janet said...

That's pretty freakin' awesome!