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SAMPLE EXCERPT FROM THE HOUSE GUEST: When dinner was ready, Maggie ushered everyone into the dining room to be seated, and Reverend Flagstadt took his place at the far end of the large mahogany dining table to conduct what was a time-honored Thanksgiving tradition at the manor. “Let’s take just a moment to individually express thanks for our many blessings. Maggie, as the gracious hostess, would you like to begin?”
“I’m most thankful for my family, good friends, and such a beautiful day to spend with the ones I love.” She looked around the table at her many guests and smiled warmly.
Reverend Flagstadt then glanced in Lee’s direction. “Lee, how about you?”
“Frankly, I never did quite understand the purpose of this little exercise because it seems that the only outcome is cold food,” she complained.
“Aren’t you especially thankful for something, Lee?” Reverend Flagstadt seemed a little perplexed at Lee’s reluctance to express her gratitude for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
“I’d be especially thankful to start eating.” She folded her arms across her chest in a show of defiance. “I think you should take this opportunity to offer a brief prayer, and then let’s dig in while everything is hot.” She glanced around the table, taking notice that all eyes were fixed upon her. “Well, I don’t know about all of you, but I missed breakfast this morning.”
Jenna respectfully lowered her head in preparation for a prayer that was likely forthcoming, but mostly it served as an effort to disguise her struggle for control of giggles. As it was, Reverend Flagstadt took his time with the Thanksgiving prayer, expressing gratitude for nearly everything that crossed his mind. Lee’s deep sighs of irritation failed to deter him.