It’s a time to be thankful and take honest stock of all the blessings we take for granted. In spite of COVID19 and the damage done by Trump and his supporters, we have turned confidently toward the light where intelligence, competence, and empathy live. We can now begin the slow, challenging journey to build back better.
In this spirit, I find comfort in a return to Thanksgiving tradition, as much as can be done safely. Many years ago, when our children were still in school, we returned from a visit to our parents’ homes which involved a very long and boring car trip. In my family, I have famously (or infamously) championed Thanksgiving as the greatest American holiday and lamented its extension as merely the start of the Christmas season. It was fitting then, as the long, boring car trip rolled on, my wife and daughter composed the following poem in honor of our greatest holiday and with a loving nod to Dad.
’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING AND ALL THRU OUR HOME WE WERE ALL BUSY, AS YOU’LL SEE IN THIS POEM!!
THE TURKEY WAS DEFROSTED AND SAFE IN THE FRIDGE WAITING FOR TOMORROW’S BIG BINGE TO BEGIN.
THE POTATOES WERE MASHED, THE STUFFING WAS STUFFED; THE CRANBERRIES CRANNED, THE PUMPKIN PIES FLUFFED! CHRIS AND AMY WERE ON THE THIRD FLOOR, BUT NOT IN THEIR BEDS; THEY WERE WATCHING THE CARTOON CHANNEL INSTEAD!! AND DAD IN HIS EASY CHAIR, WAS WATCHING THE NEWS; BUT EVERYONE KNEW HE WAS STARTING TO SNOOZE!! MOM WAS IN THE KITCHEN CLEANING THE MESS
AND TRYING HARD NOT TO FEEL TOO OVERSTRESSED!! WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE AROSE A GREAT NOISE AND WE ALL LISTENED AS OUT CRIED ALOUD VOICE “TOMORROW IS THANKSGIVING, LET’S DO IT UP RIGHT!! I’M SICK OF CHRISTMAS BEGINNING ON HALLOWEN NIGHT!! LET’S ALL GIVE OUR THANKS, FOR ALL THAT WE HAVE; THE TALL AND THE SMALL, THE GOOD AND THE BAD!! AND THEN, AFTER THANKSGIVING, LET’S RING CHRISTMAS IN!! BUT FIRST, DON’T FORGET TO BE THANKFUL MEN!! THEN A MIGHTY ROAR CAME UP FROM DOWNSTAIRS AS DAD SAID-A MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART AND ONE WHO CARES!! WE’LL EAT AND BE THANKFUL JUST LIKE THE MAN SAID WE WON’T FORGET THANKSGIVING-NOW YOU KIDS GET TO BED!!
CREATED BY GLORIA AND AMY