Gina Moore

Bet you’ve started seeing recipes for various ways to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey.

Whether you grill, smoke, fry, roast or bake it, most recipes instruct you to remove the giblets, which are the innards, such as the liver, gizzard, and heart.

While most people probably quickly discard these parts, each time I see that little bag I’m reminded of Grandma’s “beauty-is-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder” perspective.

Like many who grew up around the time of the Great Depression, my grandmother didn’t believe in wasting stuff.

In her 80s and 90s, I kidded her about how she had accumulated plenty of plastic containers and need not keep every Cool Whip tub and bread sack she emptied.

So, it’s no surprise that she didn’t toss the giblets inside those whole chickens she deliciously fried for us. As a matter of fact, she made me realize that those parts were special.

Because there were so few liver and gizzard pieces available on that oval platter full of crispy golden-brown pieces of chicken, we grandkids scrambled for them. If you were lucky enough to get one, it was as exciting as getting a Cracker Jacks prize.

And while Grandma never fried a turkey, she used the giblets to make a rich gravy that was delicious spooned over her cornbread sage dressing or mashed potatoes. Oh those memories … every morsel was delicious!

I can’t help but think of how we sometimes treat people like turkey parts, discarding some and favoring others.

Whether we prefer white or dark meat, legs or breasts, may we be thankful for the wonderful aroma of the whole bird as it cooks.

As we inhale the aroma, may we take care not to trash talk any parts, not only of the turkey on the table but of those sitting around the table.

May we come together, different as we each are, focusing on the beauty held in each one and thankfully savoring that.

I Corinthians 12 reminds us: “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”

“ … But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”

“… But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”

Gina Moore, a news-editorial journalism major, has operated Marketplace Consignment Sale for 25 years and has worked part-time at Treasures. She also enjoys country cooking, reading and writing about motherhood, life on the farm and how God’s love and lessons surround residents.