- made really amazing pumpkin pies
- used to hem pants for my grandfather
- whenever the grandparents were in the hospital, used to cheer up youngest generation with balloon-games with the hospital gloves
- was a favorite substitute teacher
- earned "world's most patient" status during her husband's declining years
- danced along with the staff at Chuck E Cheese parties and made everybody smile (someone who is now old enough to appreciate that rather than be embarrassed by it)
- followed his own sense of direction in a career choice, rather than doing what was expected
We'll see how many of these I can work into the conversation this Thanksgiving.
I'm also reviewing some of the holiday preparations from prior years:
- One thing I'm thankful for, about each person at the Thanksgiving dinner
- A Christian response to backhanded compliments
- A more pro-active approach on backhanded compliments
- Writing a scroll of remembrance for peoples' kindnesses to me
- Forgiveness struggles part 1 and part 2
Though when it comes to backhanded compliments, it seems that ultimately, if I'm expecting backhanded compliments, I should go armed with honest and earnest compliments about the others, or stories that build up the other people. It might set a better tone and prevent the insults, or (if not), still "bless those who curse you".