Today in Norway is Constitution Day,
the children celebrate with parades.
Everyone wears the national colors
of the flag--red white and blue.
Today the graduating seniors
of their high school have a party,
stay up all night, and sing songs
through their towns.
My Grandmother is Norwegian
and so we will celebrate today too.
She'll put a special table cloth she made
on our table. She'll decorate with
her orange good luck horses.
For dinner we'll use the wooden
painted plates and bowls.
She'll make her lutefisk
and kjott roll, her Norske fiske kraton,
and all her favorite dishes.
We'll eat three kinds of pickled herring
on flat bread or Norwegian crackers.
For dessert, Grandma makes kronekake
a special orange cake. She lets me help
to break the eggs and stir.
For breakfast I even have my own
special wooden painted egg cup.
I always eat an egg on
Happy Syttende Mai.
Do you have any special plates, dishes or cups you use for special occasions? My mother had a special tea cup that she only got to use for cocoa when she was sick. My one son had a cup with a ceramic frog in the bottom that was his cocoa cup. We even had a Bunnykins bowl where the decal of bunnies around the edge of the bowl had slipped a little so one bunny had lop ears instead of erect ears like all of his friends chasing around the rim of the bowl. Normally this would be considered a flaw, but my boys always thought that was the lucky bowl and would fight over who got to use it. Your challenge today is to write a poem about a special food your family eats or a special holiday your family celebrates.