Here’s a twist on Two Truths and a Lie to play at your Thanksgiving get-togethers this year: provide everyone with slips of paper and pens and have them write, on separate pieces of paper, one thing they’re thankful for this year, and one thing they’re not.
Collect the papers after a respectable amount of time (once all the Mary’s Gone crackers are gone and a few people have resorted to the veggie platter), and take turns reading them aloud. The group then tries to guess who wrote it, and whether he or she is thankful or unthankful for it. If you’re competitive, you can award points to those who guess right, and make the loser do the dishes. That’ll net you some thankful guests.
To get you started, here are a few examples from me. This year, I find I have many things to be thankful for. But there are others for which I’m shaking my fist at the universe. Go ahead…see if you can guess which is which. (Highlight for answers—the whole page at once, if you’re lazy.)
Celiac disease diagnosis
Thankful, I guess, though a miraculous recovery would’ve been better.
That I stopped biting my nails
That I stopped being a slob
Would be thankful, if it had happened.
My totally GF NYC apartment
Thankful. Although don’t ask me that at the bottom of the stairs.
That my apartment-mate (Sprue Jr.) got stuck being GF too
Not thankful! Boooo, universe.
The 2013 GFAF Expo in Secaucus and other events
The way my stomach felt after sampling way too many things at said events
Getting nominated as Rookie of the Year in the 2013 WeGo Health Activist Awards
Super thankful! If you pop over and “endorse” me, I’ll be even more so.
Bob’s Red Mill GF line
Thankful: sorghum, flaxseed, amaranth, millet, cornmeal, brown rice flour, hot cereal, brownie mix, CHICKPEA FLOUR, and probably more make this one a no-brainer.
Bob’s Red Mill GF chocolate chip cookie mix
We all make mistakes.
The weight I lost by going gluten-free
Thankful, but guiltily so.
Corn and Rice Chex
Ask my coworkers about the 16-box cartons of each that arrived to my attention courtesy of Amazon. Call it thankful but ashamed.
The gluten-free tax break
Ten months’ worth of lost receipts say no.
The FDA ruling on gluten-free labeling
Thankful. So good of them to wait till I was diagnosed to do anything.
The few restaurants I can actually visit without it being considered an act of self harm
I guess I sorta gave you that one.
Dunkin Donuts going gluten-free
I’ll believe it when I see it.
The miraculous power of the human body to repair itself
Check in with me next Thanksgiving.
Games aside (and not to get all sappy on you), I have more in this almost-a-year of being gluten-free to be thankful for than not. Oh, sure, would I give back the incurable disease, the copays, the media scoffing at my diet, the bagel crumbs in the office kitchen? Yup.
But I’m grateful to have loving and supportive friends and family members; to live in the golden age of gluten-free food; and to be here at my childhood home, surrounded with stockpiled gluten-free equipment and ingredients waiting to come together into a meal we’ll all be able to enjoy tomorrow (the low-carbers, veg-heads, hockey-puck cranberry saucers, gluten-freebies, and all).
Oh, and I know I said I wouldn’t get sappy, but one more thing I’m thankful for is:
Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful and not thankful for this year?