Don’t Let the Turkeys Get You Down


I recently read something a friend posted. It said that everyone isn’t your friend. Just because they hang around or say they have your back, doesn’t mean it’s so. People pretend well. So know your inner circle.

I don’t know if she was having a bad day or making a statement. It is something many of us deal with in our lives and if you’re a sensitive person, it bothers you more. If you’re someone that can let it roll off your back, I envy you.

When I started teaching my mom bought me a mug to have in my classroom. It had a picture of cartoon turkeys with the saying, Don’t let the turkeys get you down. I had to smile every time I looked at it. I tried to use that as my motto ever since.

We start off life thinking everyone’s our friend and as the years go on, we learn differently. People will disappoint. Some will turn their backs. Someone you thought was a friend didn’t consider you one. Those are called life lessons. And maybe that’s what helps me write.

My personal experiences find their way into my stories. Characters take on traits of people I’ve known—good and bad. Disappointment and betrayals make  great story lines.

There’s also the other side of the coin. Your inner circle. It can be large or small. It doesn’t matter. When things get you down, you know you can rely on them. They become the characters in the story who are your heroes or the ones that give great advice.

Life’s a journey, a bumpy one at that. When you come to a major pothole it might be time to get out that coffee cup. Fill it with your favorite beverage, lean back and take a good look at those turkeys. Take a sip and a deep breath. Then take another look. Sometimes you need to just let it go. There’s no way to fix it. It may take a short time…or maybe quite a while. Whatever it is the turkeys did….don’t let them get you down.



6 thoughts on “Don’t Let the Turkeys Get You Down

  1. Thank you for the inspiration. I could have used a turkey mug today while I was subbing a class of sixth graders who were ‘ill-behaved’ for lack of a better term – but – aside from misbehaving kiddies, I think the harder blows are those from folks we may have called friends…all part of life’s lesson I guess. Hopefully, at the end of the day, if you can laugh and say gobble, gobble you’ll make it through the next…
    Lovely post – thank you for sharing

    • Kudos to you for facing six-graders as a sub, AnnMarie! LoL! You have my sympathy but it sounds like you pulled through. Still trying to figure out the friends thing, even at my age. Thanks for your comments.

  2. So true ! I’m seeing my teenage daughter navigate her way through betrayals and disappointments. Friends turning out to be not very encouraging and sarcastic to boot. It’s heart breaking for me and I try telling her that ‘This too shall pass’. Yet the entire learning process which life is handing out to her is very painful for me. I shall tell her about the turkeys 🙂

    • As parents we always feel for our children! I don’t understand why the world is this way but I hope the Turkey statement will help her through her teen years. Thanks for your comment.

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