from my state – literally and figuratively – and other places. i'm not in florida any more, but i haven't given up the sunshine.

11.22.2005

there’s something about the southland… at thanksgiving

as a child, thanksgiving was synonymous with family reunion. grandmother, great aunts, uncles and cousins came from throughout the southeast to middle georgia where my father’s family owned farmland, a pecan (that’s /p’CAN/, not /p’cahn/) orchard and a camphouse built by my uncle and grandfather. the camphouse sat on a small pond on the outskirts of the town where my grandmother still lived. my family had lived in her home for generations. my father was raised there, across the street from the high school where he played football.

for years, we knew exactly what to expect: we’d head out to the camphouse around noon. a feast prepared in true southern style was laid out – turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls. and desserts – coconut creme pie, pecan pie, cake, ambrosia. before we ate, we’d all stand around while one of my great uncles blessed the food and the family. the grown-ups sat at two large round tables and us kids had our own spot right next to dessert.

after the meal, the grandchildren explored the woods. moms and grandmothers sat together making the year’s chosen craft. uncle red sat by the fire whittling wood. around dusk, we all gathered back for round two of grazing and board games. fire blazing.

it’s been years since we’ve had that kind of thanksgiving. most of those elder family members have passed, and the tradition went with them. but, it always comes to mind this time of year. and it is part of what continues to make my heart warm for the holidays.

happy thanksgiving.

4 Comments:

Blogger Kiker said...

Aw! You made MY heart warm!

Happy Thanksgiving, Betsy Anne.

11/22/2005 09:44:00 AM

 
Blogger Amanda said...

That is really sweet. My family is actually still doing the exact same thing they've done for Thanksgiving since i can remember. My dad keeps trying to throw a wrench in the plan and get one of us to have an awkward 'Today we are most thankful for George W. Bush' holiday with him and his new (better) family, but it ain't gonna happen. For the last two years T has been with me for Thanksgiving, and that's one thing i am MOST thankful for...

11/23/2005 09:33:00 AM

 
Blogger S. Coleman said...

Hey, came across your blogspot. didn't know they had lesbians in florida. :) Louisiana has some too...here's to southern lesbians.

11/23/2005 01:51:00 PM

 
Blogger betsy said...

we like the warm weather ;)

11/23/2005 02:07:00 PM

 

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