Oh, this Thanksgiving was so awesome! hadn't had cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes in so long that I almost hallucinated with glee at first bite. : )
So, assuming that my family guaranteed their spots already, the twelve people I'd invite consist of the following:
~ You. You know I love all of your songs so it would be awesome if we could do a sing along, at cheesy as it sounds. I'd join you because I adoring singing too, or I'd play the piano. It would be insanely fun, everything jingling away at their own offbeat paces, eating a few bites here and there, and laughing so hard their insides start to shrink away. : )
~ Rory Gilmore, from Gilmore Girls, or maybe her mom, Lorelai. Both Gilmore women are incredibly outspoken, articulate, smart, and witty. Imagining having a conversation with them would be hilarious. I would also get tips from on how to to get a wicked metabolism like theirs, and to eat an insane amount without gaining weight. : )
~ My bright, talented, and inspiring English teacher, whom I've ranted about on various occasions on Y!A, but honestly, she is completely praiseworthy and one of the best ambitious and motivational mentors I've had. Most of my classmates think she's a little cuckoo, but I think we all have that craziness inside of us; we just don't open ourselves up to that extent very often. She and I have so much in common and I seriously think the only thing that separates us is the age difference. You'd really like her!
~ The young and promising actress Abigail Breslin, or maybe Dakota Fanning. I really loved the movies "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Secret Life of Bees" starring them, and I find them both graceful, level-headed, and well spoken. It would be nice to have a few younger girls at the table to keep conversation lively.
~ Leonardo da Vinci is also on my list. I'm doing a project on his influence on the Renaissance era, and I find him to be fascinating. : ) He was an intensely talented man and I think it would be incredibly interesting to hear his theories.
If I continue describing everyone as in detail, this answer will be a mile long. So, briefly listing the rest:
~ Maya Angelou
~ Ayn Rand (author of "Atlas Shrugged")
~ Albert Einstein
~ Anne Frank
~ Michelle Obama
~ (This last guest should be picked by the others)
Holy mackerel, what a diverse selection of people. Wow, to stick us in a room like that to eat turkey, I'm not sure how it would go. And the conversation...? : ) As awkward as it sounds, it would be a priceless experience that, as much as I'd cherish it, I'd never wish to repeat. Magic like that doesn't occur too often. : )
1. If you’re not an American, what made-up, magical holiday would you have celebrated today with your guests instead of Thanksgiving?
~ I am an American, but it would be awesome to also celebrate Chinese New Year with the clan. We have a beachhouse down south and I think that would be fabulous to introduce new and incredible food to my guests whilst listening to the crackle of beautiful firecrackers over the ocean.
2. What would you have served for dinner? (This question was inspired by an amazing macaroon I just munched on that Nora from “A Doll’s House” would absolutely adore, and I would have made certain was offered as a dessert if she could have joined us for Thanksgiving.)
~ I love "A Doll's House"! Anyhoo, I adore dessert with a passion, so I definitely wouldn't stick to one choice. Apple pie and vanilla ice cream is a classic, but I would have a selection of homemade ice cream and pie, assorted chocolate goodies, and chocolate-covered pretzels, because I love those.
3. Where would the dinner have been held?
~ Normally I love the sparkling urban city-setting under an incredible sunset on a cruise, but now I'm falling over the idea of a lush countryside ranch kind of get together. Maybe someplace like a cozy B&B in January, when the snowflakes are still as big as your hand. It would be cozy and intimate, and I really think that environment would make for an incredible evening.
4. What would you have done after the meal?
~ Dance to your songs, talk about the meaning of life, and laugh over eggnog for hours and hours. : )
5. If you had given a prayer of thanksgiving and expressed your gratitude to your guests, what would you have said to each person gathered around the table?
~ Rory & Lorelai Gilmore: Two very smart and accomplished women, who are destined to do an incredible amount in life (and already have).
~ My English teacher: Thank you for illuminating something in me that I didn't realize I had.
~ Abigail Breslin & Dakota Fanning: Believe in your abilities as actresses and young women of the world; you two have infinite amount promise and I'm sure will lead purposeful and successful lives.
~ Leonardo da Vinci: Words fail me when I think of what you've done and the spell you cast upon the world with your art, discoveries, and passions.
~ Maya Angelou: A woman I look up to greatly, who persevered in times of unbelievable hardship and a shining beacon of wisdom and grace.
~ Bono: I truly look up to the admirable work you do.
~ Ayn Rand: Your quotes have revealed to me things that I haven't realized on a subconscious level yet.
~ Albert Einstein: "Imagination encircles the world"! *High fives*
~ Anne Frank: If more young girls were as thoughtful, mature, courageous, and kindhearted as you, the world would be a much difference place.
~ Michelle Obama: The most graceful woman in politics; smart, dedicated, and cultured.
~ Lark: Undoubtedly a young person of will who is bound to go lengths to make her mark on the planet. I always look up to you, and have complete confidence that one day, I'll be finding you in the headlines, breaking news with your art, music, and other accomplishments, dazzling us all with your gift and promise.
Thank you for your email (feeling a tad bit silly now :D), and for this very fun question. : )
Oh yes, and Kirsty!!! She'll be the 12th guest, because she's awesome. : )