To Give Thanks
Norman Rockwell illustrated American Holidays during my youth. His illustrations always seemed to evoke memories of family moments that I somehow wanted to reproduce. So every Thanksgiving I would put an incredible amount of energy into trying to recreate a wholesome gathering of extended family to celebrate our blessings. Our family created magnificent gatherings and feasts over the years, memories that will stay with me forever.
This year my children are going to be with their Mother and I am going to stay home and rest. I am still thankful for all the blessings of the year and especially for the memories of Thanksgiving past, but I am taking it easy. Instead I am sharing my thanks with you.
I consider you all my family, and I wish you all a Happy Holiday Season.
A Thanksgiving Song
In November we start scrubbing deep,
the kitchen, all the nooks and shelves to shine.
We move our tables, sturdy wood to weep,
a sparkling cider, red, oh red sweet wine.
The silver borrowed, polished to a glean,
and placed next to wares upon the line.
Find time to cheer our found and held small peace,
to use this time to gather family grace.
We find ourselves with many crops to reap
this year, a year we loved our fields in time.
On Mahon Drive, our turkey cooked lean
with sweetened yams and cornbread dressing, fine.
Around the fire each hand held to greet
and eat some baked squash massaged with thyme.
To the pies each family foot will race
around the counters topped with flowery lace.
Though hardships come and some traditions break,
our family fires are fed for feedings sake.
If you enjoyed “A Thanksgiving Song” stick around and read some light verse for the Holiday: