by Rich Weatherly
As we prepare for the big day, there is no better time to stop and reflect on how richly blessed we are. My earliest memories of Thanksgiving go back to my Great-Grandmother’s gathering on the lawn outside her house in Southeast Irving, Texas. We lived a block or so down Shady Grove Road from her place. It was a misty afternoon but that never dampened the spirits. It was a large gathering that included her brothers and at least one sister. I remember Uncle Dick and Uncle Lewis, Aunt Maude and their families. There were the Story, Bell, Weatherly, Houston and more other families than I can remember. The important thing is we were together having wonderful fellowship. Who would forget the food?
There were the old standby’s; turkey and dressing, ham, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, a host of casseroles and finally desserts. One could always expect pecan pies, lemon meringue pie, cakes galore and more.
Since then so many who left a rich legacy have gone on. Now we gather with our own families and grandchildren. This has been such a special year with the pending 50th high school reunion and the opportunity to reconnect with classmates. There have been a host of poets and authors who have become social media friends. Being invited to join the Denton Poets’ Society was special and that led to becoming a member of the Poetry Society of Texas.
Thanksgiving is all about doing just that, giving thanks for all of these blessings. I think it is more about community and relationships than anything else. So one again, I want to wish everyone, you and yours a warm and blessed Thanksgiving Season in this Year of Our Lord 2012.