The Etruscans were Italians before there was Rome
And they started a custom with a chicken’s Wishbone
Which is the furcula bone between the neck and the breast
A slight V-shaped thing, most of you could attest.
But did you know the Etruscans thought fowls were prophetic?
Because hens predict their eggs with a squawk—how pathetic
And so these old-timers would ask their bird questions
They must not have had Cable is Bossy’s impression.
Anyway, that tradition was handed down to the Romans
Who looked to their chickens to predict the town’s omens
They believed a broken wishbone could enable good luck
For whoever broke the big piece. The small piece = schmuck.
The Romans handed this superstition down to the English
Who re-named the Wishbone to please their standards (quite priggish)
And thus “Merrythoughts” was the bone the British acquired
When they wanted the wish they all so desired.
Here’s how: two people take hold of either side of the bone
And pull ‘til it breaks—if there’s a trick, it’s unknown,
Because strength has nothing to do with the winner
Next: you keep your wish quiet and get back to your dinner.
Hence the origin of the phrase, “I can’t catch a break.”
Who knew there’s an expression from a bone, for chrissake.
In honor of those Etruscans and their wishbones so kitsch,
Just what would you want if you could have your one wish?
Linda_M saysNovember 27, 2008 at 10:49 am
Not to have to worry about money in the future. Amen.
corrie saysNovember 27, 2008 at 10:55 am
Is it not the correct holiday I wish for ‘peace on earth good will towards all’ ? That is the greatest wish of all!
Happy Happy Day to Bossy and her fab family!
I enjoy visiting you and your family every day, thank you Bossy~!
Kim saysNovember 27, 2008 at 11:32 am
I wish for happiness for everyone – in whatever way they find it!
Lisa saysNovember 27, 2008 at 11:47 am
I would wish for no money woes for my family. Its the bane of my existance. I hate money. I love bossy. Happy Thanksgiving girlfriend!
Half Assed Kitchen saysNovember 27, 2008 at 11:55 am
Etruscans? Furcula? Cannot compute these words. But Happy Thanksgiving, Sister!
Jennifer saysNovember 27, 2008 at 11:59 am
Call me sentimental, but I always wish for Peace.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Gigi saysNovember 27, 2008 at 11:59 am
After the sincere but obligatory “peace on earth” wish, I would selfishly wish for good health for my family. And your family. And everyone’s family. This is getting awkward, let’s just say “health on earth.”
wbstowers saysNovember 27, 2008 at 12:01 pm
I wish that my beautiful little boy, Noah, who died on Thanksgiving morning twelve years ago was sitting right here in the kitchen with me. I miss him and am so very thankful for him. Happy Thanksgiving all.
derfina saysNovember 27, 2008 at 12:25 pm
I would wish for just one more of those big family dinners with ALL the family-grandparents, parents, kids…I would even sit at the kids’ table again if I could just bring them back for one more Thanksgiving.
Camille saysNovember 27, 2008 at 12:33 pm
I would wish to be able to write poems as well as Bossy!
ANON saysNovember 27, 2008 at 12:37 pm
to not have a dysfunctional family, hence i am spending today with a different kind of family. though i am grateful for what i do have. i know it is more than what others have these days. i wish the bossy family much fun today and can’t wait to read about it in the coming posts. enjoy. love to stella.
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysNovember 27, 2008 at 12:40 pm
I would wish for everything to be as good as it is now for our family–everything’s not always easy, but we handle it all together.
Happy Thanksgiving to all the Bossys.
Gramps saysNovember 27, 2008 at 12:48 pm
Love to all
And may everyone get the big piece of the Wishbone today and every day
Mama Bear saysNovember 27, 2008 at 1:30 pm
One wish? To have everyone healthy and happy and around my table today.
wrh saysNovember 27, 2008 at 1:52 pm
Before I read this I would have said something along the lines of health and happiness for those I love, but now I’m thinking I might like to learn a little more about Etruscans.
The Other Laura saysNovember 27, 2008 at 2:02 pm
My wish, a fun and festive thanksgiving to all with little conflict and extra pie!
Jeri saysNovember 27, 2008 at 3:41 pm
I second what Derfina said. Just one more Thanksgiving with my whole family, past and present.
Renee in Seattle saysNovember 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm
To be able to speak in rhyming prose.
Mr Farty saysNovember 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm
To be able to put lines together and say
To all BOSSY’s friends: Happy Thanksgiving Day!
g saysNovember 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm
A beautiful day, loving company, a fine meal.
With the terrible things going on in the world, that’s the best I can wish for.
chocolatechic saysNovember 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm
Happy Thanksgiving to Bossy and family.
And I hope that your great Dane gets her share too.
Kelly Stern saysNovember 27, 2008 at 4:56 pm
Hope you and your family are having a great Turkey Day!!! Smooches!!
sandy toes saysNovember 27, 2008 at 5:04 pm
How fun..we always forget to do that bone..mmmm..try to remember today!
Bush Babe saysNovember 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm
Great poem… when did you get time to do that??
Wishing y’all a Happy Thanksgiving.
Don’t eat too much (hah!)…
Oh, and I am wishing for some rain. But on me, not on you!
Cactus Petunia saysNovember 27, 2008 at 5:34 pm
I always wish for peace.
Tracy Lynn saysNovember 27, 2008 at 6:57 pm
I would be all about wishing my kidneys worked. And then maybe a shoebox full of twenties, but definitely the kidneys first.
Ginny saysNovember 27, 2008 at 8:22 pm
Tuli saysNovember 27, 2008 at 8:52 pm
As per Tuli Family tradition, my brother and I broke the wishbone today. I got the big piece. (Which is usually the case.) Can’t tell ya what I wished for, though, because I REALLY want it to come true. 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Victoria saysNovember 27, 2008 at 9:02 pm
Happily ever after
annie u. saysNovember 27, 2008 at 9:12 pm
Growing up in my house we always had to let the wishbone dry out for a few days. (It was always put on the window sill above the kitchen sink.) I thought that was the way it was done. But maybe our parents were just trying to postpone the event. 4 kids so there was a debate about which 2 could do it.
ShallowGal saysNovember 27, 2008 at 9:51 pm
I’ve always kept the wishbone on the ledge over my stove to remind myself that I already have everything I could ever wish for.
Lee the MWOB Queen saysNovember 27, 2008 at 10:04 pm
I’m with Camille – right now as I’m stuffed beyond comprehension, I wish I could write a poem that well about anything…
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysNovember 27, 2008 at 10:09 pm
I’d wish for no worries, but then I’d probably worry that I didn’t have a worry. (Where worry = the state of the planet; the state of human beings; the state of our country; the state of the economy; the state of my family; the state of my job security; the state of my bank account; the state of my pantry; the state of my wine glass.)
The Domestic Goddess saysNovember 27, 2008 at 11:26 pm
I’d wish for my baby to talk…if y’all met him, you’d wish it, too. He’s awfully cute. And nonverbal.
Melanie @ MelADramatic Mommy saysNovember 28, 2008 at 3:48 am
Well, since peace and health on earth has been covered I’m going to selfishly wish for a laptop. I want to go back to school for graphic design and need a better system than our PC to handle all the programs. Happy Thanksgiving to the Bossy house!
Bush Babe saysNovember 28, 2008 at 7:22 am
Guess what Bossy… it’s RAINING ON MY ROOF!!! (comment this morning #24).
Amazing… are you like the magic lamp genie? I’m coming back next year to wish for a Lotto win. Good stuff!!
PS Hope you are all stuffed like turkeys and thankful to be so!
Lisa saysNovember 28, 2008 at 7:45 am
I wish that mt husband, who was laid off 6 weeks ago would find a job that will be enougn for 7 kids. Two of them are in college. I just wish to have enough,because I really don’t want an ulcer.Thank you.
Dee saysNovember 28, 2008 at 8:03 am
Wishing I had more time to explore your blog- will be back!
Dharmamama saysNovember 28, 2008 at 11:06 am
Good health for my family, financial security, too
Those are the wishes fairly obvious, it’s true.
So what would I wish that’s kinda out of the box?
A wish that would knock off those proverbial socks?
I had a dream last night, and Bossy was there
All smiles and graciousness and fabulous hair.
It was Bossy’s birthday, and we were having a party;
Only women were there – sadly, no Mr. Farty.
Bossy asked me to give the toast for the occasion
Who, me? I’m just… me! So it took some persuasion.
But I gave a speech so moving to hear
No one left that space without shedding a tear.
I spoke about how Bossy is funny and true
And she gets real, too, lets her humanity shine through.
Would that be my wish? To give Bossy a toast?
To share in her birthday, with wit and ripostes?
That seems a bit much, it should be a day set aside
For close friends and family, always by your side.
So, dream notwithstanding, I’m not part of that posse
But one day I’ll raise a glass with sweet, funny Bossy.
Dharmamama saysNovember 28, 2008 at 11:06 am
p.s. I really had that dream last night!
And, I’m not a stalker. Really.
Emily saysNovember 28, 2008 at 12:17 pm
My wish would be that some of the men that hit on me that are in their 40’s would understand that I will only consider dating a man ten years or less older than me. Oy.
Sheri Bheri saysNovember 28, 2008 at 1:07 pm
I always wish, whenever I can, pennies in fountains, 11:11 on the clock, wishbones, every time – I wish for a happy, healthy baby.
Karen (submommy) saysNovember 28, 2008 at 1:47 pm
I wish for my daughter’s upcoming surgery to be eventless. Routine. And fixes what she needs to be fixed.
jan8mr.lootiato saysNovember 28, 2008 at 2:23 pm
this instant…I wish that Bossy may achieve all that she deserves for her brillance.
katie saysNovember 28, 2008 at 3:22 pm
World Pea’s. Well, that and enough money so that I can stop robbing Peter and Paul. And Mary for that matter.
Just Jamie saysNovember 28, 2008 at 7:51 pm
Global poverty. Sucks. Must go away.
After that, I wish to raise a large rainbow family with a hot, sweet, musical, artistic, humanitarian.
Too much to ask for you say? Give me that damn wishbone, and I’ll see what I can do.
Michelle saysNovember 28, 2008 at 8:04 pm
That’s very clever!
My wish would’ve been to spend the holiday weekend back home with my family. 🙁
Debby saysNovember 28, 2008 at 8:28 pm
I wish that I could ditch the viral stomach bug that hit me yesterday morning. Yes, it’s trivial and small, but by God, to NOT want to eat this weekend of all?
Great diet plan tho….
janet saysNovember 28, 2008 at 9:16 pm
I wish to tell you that there IS a trick. Don’t pull. If you let the other guy do the pulling, you will win the big piece of bone. But that’s cheating, so you won’t get your wish. And not today – you must let the bone dry out for several days.
Have the T-shirt saysNovember 28, 2008 at 11:08 pm
I’d wish for peace, cause the world’s quite a fright,
Can’t believe what I see on my TV tonight.
And Janet is right, the trick is a cinch,
Don’t pull, but that’s cheating, you big old mean GRINCH.
Oh, wrong holiday….sorry.
janny226 saysDecember 1, 2008 at 12:02 am
I love it! I think my in-laws do not want ANYONE to have good luck. There is never talk of wishbone action. Pfft, they say, you were born /or/ married into this family, so deal with it.
Irrepressible me says… I’d wish for peace, inner and outer.
Unemployed Susan saysMarch 28, 2009 at 1:34 am
I wish I could write a bloody clever poem.