Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving - 2022

Happy Thanksgiving to my family, friends, readers and colleagues!

Here is my traditional Thanksgiving post and poem - with a bit more afterward:


by Edgar Albert Guest (c) 1917

Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice,
An' eatin' an' laughin' with folks of your choice;
An' kissin' the girls an' declarin' that they
Are growin' more beautiful day after day;

Chattin' an' braggin' a bit with the men,
Buildin' the old family circle again;
Livin' the wholesome an' old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother's a little bit grayer, that's all.

Father's a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an' to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin' our stories as women an' men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we're grateful an' glad to be there.
Home from the east land an' home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an' best.

Out of the sham of the cities afar
We've come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an' be frank,
Forgettin' position an' station an' rank.

Give me the end of the year an' its fun
When most of the plannin' an' toilin' is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,

Hear the old voices still ringin' with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An' I'll put soul in my Thanksgivin' prayers.


Randy's Note:  The scene above is not what's happening this year in Chula Vista.  I  have many good memories of a family Thanksgiving at my grandparents home, my mother's home, our cousin's home, my brothers homes, our daughter's homes, and our home.  

With Linda in the skilled nursing and memory care facility, and me by myself at home, my daughter Tami and her family are coming down to take me out to an early Thanksgiving lunch at Black Angus restaurant, and then we will go visit Linda.  She will be happy and thankful.  Me too!

I've been invited to Thanksgiving dinner at our former neighbor's home.  I haven't seen their children (the same age as our children) since they ere in high school, and have never met the grandchildren.

I am very thankful this year for my heart surgeon and cardiologists, for Linda's caregivers, for my genealogy friends, for my church friends, for my Rohr (employer) friends, and all of my Facebook friends.  I am also thankful for my parents, grandparents, brothers and cousins, and all of the ancestors who came before and blessed me with generations of unique ancestors.

Copyright (c) 2022, Randall J. Seaver

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