Breakfast with a Stranger

On this Thanksgiving morning, a dream of our house burning wakes me. In the haze of my dream, I’m first insistent my daughters leave, their two cats found and taken to the neighbors. My laptop. Then there’s an odd pause, where I’m alone in the house, as if what next? what else?

A former sugarmaker who burned countless cords of wood on a 14′ long arch — wood stove user — and firewoman to seven enormous burn piles when I left our old house — I’m intimately familiar with the curl and lick of fire, of its wicked smartness.

I wake, happy to be in our warm house, one cat hungrily biting my bare toes, the other nuzzling my cheek, my daughters sleeping. Downstairs, a pecan pie waits, uncut, on the kitchen table.

Yesterday, I met an incredibly accomplished writer in the Hardwick diner, and here’s a snippet from our conversation over coffee and tea and the diner’s savory shredded hashbrowns.

Despite all the irritating experiences around Thanksgiving that happens when families get together, there’s also moments when we’re all sitting together and eating together and someone is telling a story, and you think how great it is that we’re all together hearing these stories together, and then living stories together….

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About Brett Ann Stanciu

A writer and sugarmaker, Brett Ann lives with her two daughters in stony soil Vermont. Her novel HIDDEN VIEW was published by Green Writers Press in the fall of 2015. Let my writing speak for itself.
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6 Responses to Breakfast with a Stranger

  1. Terri says:

    Thank you for your wonderful blog!

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  2. Thank you for reading! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. Kristin Plante says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet girlies! I hope you have safer dreams tonight. Enjoy that pie!

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  4. Enjoy your meal, too! Best to you and yours, Kristin!

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  5. homeandharrow says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you! I’m so thankful for your words to read most every day!

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  6. Honestly — I’m so happy to have such great readers! Happy Thanksgiving!

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