There I am taking a big bite from the turkey leg at about age five years old!
Around the table is my cousin Barb in the high chair, me, my dad, my brother,
grandpa and grandma, mom, her youngest sister Miriam, uncle Sandy, aunt Jane (mom's middle sister), and my cousin Neil. I guess Uncle Harry took the photo. My two youngest cousins not yet born. Miriam and Harry are turning 90 in January and May 09; my brother is next in line at age 73 in Dec. Then me, and so on. The other elders in this photo are all deceased.
Thanksgiving was always a much looked forward to holiday in my childhood.
I loved traveling over hill and dale to grandmother's house, later aunts home, later dinner at one aunts and dessert at the other as children begot children and the grandchildren became so numerous there was no longer room for all of us in one home.
Now we are spread out even further...Baby Barb cousin lives in Colorado with her three grown children and four grandchildren; Cousin Neil still in CA with his parents, three grown children and his three grand children; Another cousin Judy lives in CA with husband and her daughter; Her brother in Canada, his daughter in CA...My kids in CA and Oregon with 2 grandchildren each.
So tomorrow it's our turn to enjoy the table with my daughter, SIL, 2 youngest grand kids, my brother and a few friends of daughters.
A time to count our blessings carrying on a family tradition of five generations.
I become very nostalgic remembering all the family gatherings of yesteryear...
and look forward to tomorrow with a quiet sense of peace and gladness.
I pray for peace in our world while listening to news from the TV
in the next room telling me of 90 killed and 140 injured in a
terrorist attack in India.
British and Americans were targeted.
Praying for peace
and wishing all
safe, and happy
wherever you are living now.