Monday, November 9, 2015

Three Weeks of Thanksgiving: Chicago-style

How terrific that our blog’s traditional Weeks of Thanksgiving celebration now enters its 5th year.

Even more terrific is that each of us poetically celebrates by penning a Thanku.

As I shared last year, I often borrow the words of former Ambassador Walter Annenberg to describe my never-changing state of mind:  i.e. grateful and hopeful.
Gratitude begins my day – gratitude for my family and friends, especially my carioca grandson, for my writers, students and Children’s Book World, for my fellow TeachingAuthors and of course, you, our readers.
Hopefulness propels me forward.

This year, 2015?
This year I express my heartfelt thanks to the 2015 National League Central Division Champions, the 40-man roster of the 2015 Chicago Cubs, inspiringly led by their Manager Joe Maddon.

In a crazy-crazy oft-dark April through mid-October when making sense of the world sometimes proved head-shakingly challenging, my Cubbies, with their Can-Do boundless Spirit, proved to be the cure-all, the vaccination against succumbing.
They pierced through the gloom and doom, to those blue skies above Wrigley Field dotted with flying WIN pennants, enabling and ennobling me to keep keepin’ on.
They perched in my soul like that feather of Emily Dickinson’s.

Thanku to My Home Team

2015’s Cubs!
Just what the Doctor ordered
to validate Hope.

All together now, even though I can sing the tune without the words: Go, Cubs, Go!

May you always have reason to give thanks and be hopeful.

Don’t forget to share your Thanku!

Esther Hershenhorn


Linda B said...

Because so many love the Cubs, & bemoan the fact that it's been a long time since a pennant was achieved, I do follow what they're doing. Since I now am a long-time Denver resident, I've tried to enjoy the Rockies, but they have not been doing well lately. I am originally from Kansas City, so was thrilled to see those final games this year. What a team. Your thanku is well-founded this year, those Cubs were so, so close. Go, Cubs, Go!

Carmela Martino said...

Love your poem AND your photos, Esther! This team full of rookies exceeded everyone's expectations, and had fun while doing so! Looking forward to even MORE to be grateful for next year.

michelle kogan said...

Great Haiku Esther! The cubbies had me hoping, and I'll keep those hopes till next season too!

April Halprin Wayland said...

Esther ~ I've only been interested in the Cubbies since I met you! Since my Boys in Blue--the Dodgers--fizzled out, I was rootin' for the Cubbies--and you. I am grateful for your enthusiastic writing. :-)

Esther Hershenhorn said...

I'm glad you're cheering on my Cubbies, commenting, Marti, Linda, Michelle and April!
I remain grateful for the hopefulness they bring me.

jan godown annino said...

Your team enthusiasm is, ah, catching, Esther!

Esther Hershenhorn said...

Love that pun, Jan.
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol Varsalona said...

I just found the thanku challenge on Poetry Friday and say it is very interesting. My offering is at Thanks for sharing your thanku and tribute to the Cubs.

Esther Hershenhorn said...

Thanks, Carol, for sharing YOUR lovely Thanku about the Fall - and the beautiful accompanying images too.
We're so glad you discovered