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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving



I am sure the traditional meaning of Thanksgiving is to honour the memory of our forefathers and give thanks for the opportunities we were given to live in a free land.  But there is also another meaning closer to my heart.  My sister, Amy sent this email to me and I answered it – and then I realized what the true meaning of Thanksgiving was for me.    It was about family – at its purist – from the first Thanksgiving you can remember.  It was, and is, the time when we finally all get together, gather around the table – and share our lives.  And now, although miles keep us apart, we take this particular day and we remember and we are thankful and we will continue the tradition.

This was the email I received:

"It may be I am getting old and like too much to dwell
Upon the days of bygone years, the days I loved so well;
But thinking of them now I wish somehow that I could know
A simple old Thanksgiving Day, like those of long ago,
When all the family gathered round a table richly spread,
With little Jamy at the foot and Grandpa at the head,
The youngest of us all to greet the oldest with a smile,
With Mother running in and out and laughing all the while."

Sweet Memories…

Have a wonderful day-
-A

I answered her:

"And so we live each day
with traditions we won't let go
and remember to live each day 
for all our youngsters to know.

And at the end of every day
we look up and stretch our neck
And thank Mom in heaven for 
*Catstesuedavampech (k).


* pronounced – cat sti sue dah vam peck .    The name was given to one of our boats growing up – it is the first few letters of each of our names – Cathy, Steve, Sue, David, Amy, Peter and Chris. 




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