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Lillian here . . . delighted to host today’s Quadrille.

Thursday we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US. It’s a wonderful holiday – sans the pressure and decadence of gifts. We always go to Chicago for the annual Hallberg gathering, complete with traditional turkey dinner.

So what does that have to do with a spoiler alert???? Well, around this time of year, I start to think about Christmas and putting up my tree. It’s really a memory tree. Many ornaments are from generations past. Some are handmade by my kids when they were young, some made by friends. Others were bought on vacations. Then I start thinking of Christmas times past, most especially when are children were little. And one story always comes to mind. It was Christmas Eve when my daughter was 4 (she’s now 44). By herself, she’d decided her father needed new slippers. So I took her shopping and we picked out a nice warm pair of slippers for him. She wrapped the shoe box herself and made the tag, scrawling daddy followed by lots of x’s and o’s. That night, he was delighted to watch her anticipation as he shook the box, looked at it from all angles, and finally said, Hmmmmm . . . I wonder what’s in here? And she yelled, Slippers! Best spoiled ending I’ve ever heard or seen!

You guessed it . . . word for today’s Quadrille is spoil or any form of the word. It cannot, however, be a synonym for the word.

Write a Quadrille – that is a poem with exactly 44 words, not counting the title. The word spoil or a form of the word (IE spoiled, spoils, spoiler) must be in the poem – not in the title. 

And in case you’re wondering how the new movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald ends . . .
Nope. Not to worry. I won’t spoil it for you. But it is a complex plot and lots of fun, most especially seeing a young Dumbledore!

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