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Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Thanksgiving Retrospective

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.  ~Edward Sandford Martin
I can't believe the holidays are so rapidly approaching.  This time next week I will be among my family, enjoying being among them, eating together, laughing, playing, and chatting.  There will be other family and friends, farther away, doing the same thing and we will be missing them even as we enjoy our day.  Phone calls will be made and long distance love expressed early in the day and wonder of wonder the Patriots are playing this year!  Thanksgiving is my very favorite time of the year.  While I could very easily write another thankful post, I thought it would be fun to post a retrospective instead.  I hope you enjoy my trip down memory lane.

This is Thanksgiving 1965.  My Mom, at the head of the table, will be a mom to twins in 3 months.  Aunt Patsy, who passed away from breast cancer a couple of years back is in the peach top, Uncle Mike, the youngest next to her.  On the other side of the table, the skinny guy?  That's my Dad and my Nana next to him.  The house, also gone now,  was "Our House", my grandparents summer home in West Hyannisport.  There are few places in the world that I have loved more.
Jumping ahead a few years, here we all are at "Our House" again.  Circa 1978 I think.  You can tell by the outfits.  I think this is the year our dog at the chocolate turkey favors Mom bought.  All of them.  I am on the right in the fancy brown boots and groovy top.

In the days before digital we weren't able to share photos among each other like we do now.  Many Thanksgiving photos are lost or elsewhere but the memories of each I hold so very dear.   
Skipping ahead,  Here is my Mother reading one of my very favorite Thanksgiving books to Rowan, Mousekin's Thanksgiving, maybe 1997?

   Once married we spent alternating holidays with Mike's family.  There were wonderful Thanksgivings and and after an hour I was able to find this photo.  It is Rowan and her Grandparents at Great Grandma's house.  Maybe 1998?  Somewhere I have a wonderful group photo of all of us at another Thanksgiving there but I couldn't, for the life of me, find it!  It was on my refrigerator for years.

Here is Rowan at her pre-school Thanksgiving pageant in 1999.
 And again in 2000,  Jenna was 2 months old at the time.
Big jump in time now, I seem to be missing a box of photographs.  This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving photos of our girls.  2007 .  We were at Becky and Doug's that year.
Thanksgiving 2008 at my sister's home.  I love this photo because it reminds me of Jenna before she cut her hair, Elaine had french braided it for her.  Her hands were cold and she warmed them on my face.  An improvment from her usual shoving them up my back. 
The picture below encapsulates Thanksgiving at Becky and Doug's, elegant and overflowing with food and love.  My brother in law is a consummate grill king and he brings turkey to a whole new level.
Thanksgiving 2009
Since I was a little girl, no matter how broke we were, holiday tables were special.  There were always favors of some kind, a centerpiece, candles lovely napkins and a tablecloth.  Laid with the good silver and the turkey china that was her mothers, my Mom's holiday table evokes the best kind of memories.

So, Happy Almost Thanksgiving to my loved ones near and far.  I am so very grateful for each of you.
Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.  ~Ray Stannard Baker


Debra November 25, 2010 at 10:25 PM  

Lizzie, I love your retro post! I feel like I stepped back to '65.

Happy Thanksgiving from my house to yours.

Anonymous,  November 26, 2010 at 10:31 PM  

Hi everyone!. !! Happy Thanksgiving!. !! :) :)
Thanksgiving is 1 of my favorite holidays, and every yr I like to get into the mood-extend the holiday, when it were-by reading "Thanksgiving novels." For example, all these stories are mostly about family and friends, about coming together to heal old hurts and getting thanks for the gift of love. .. . ==
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GlowinGirl December 5, 2010 at 1:44 PM  

What great old pictures! How precious to count the blessings of years' past.

TerriG December 11, 2010 at 4:15 PM  

That is the best Thanksgiving post I have seen ever!!! You are so blessed with a wonderful family.
Love, Terri
p.s. Those boots rock!

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