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Me and My Brother’s Kid – Thanksgiving Fiction

 

2016_11_21_10_53_01_001I hadn’t seen my brother in a couple of years, not since everyone got home from the war. We’d had a big dust-up, you see, over trying to settle Ma’s affairs, which had been a mess after Pa died in ’44. My brother didn’t exactly appreciate my wanting to go off to school and thought I should stay home to help look after her so he and Alice, he wife, and their boy, could move out into one of them new houses getting put up at the end of town. We had some words, a few punches were tossed, and I found myself with the winos at the bus station at 3 in the morning. At least I had someplace to go as soon as the bus to Cleveland rolled in.

So I went off to school, and since I had a good head for numbers I found myself leaving school as an accountant, then I was on the move again to St. Louis, leaving Ohio way behind me. For that first year at school I was still too ticked to write home, even to Ma, and then working some night jobs in the second year kept me too tired, and well, you know how it goes. I’d left home angry, leaving behind a black eye on my brother, and I figured if he’d stopped being angry too, he’d have written. You stop writing letters and you just get out of the practice. I’d sometimes get a letter from Ma, letting me know how things was at home, and for a day or so I’d be all hot to write her back. I’d started a few, just never finished them. The only one I posted was a postcard from St. Louis, letting Ma know where I was.

By ’50 I was doing pretty well. I’d gotten hired to keep the books at a department store, and since I was on my own, I got myself a shiny new Buick that summer. I’d always loved the Buicks. Pa had just gotten one for the family a year or so before the War, though he never got to drive her much with the gas rations. I wondered, as I was driving this shiny black beauty with whitewalls away from the dealer, if my brother still hung on to Pa’s old one. It’s funny, but I’d kind of forgotten him in the last year or so, so it caught me off guard remembering him then, right when I was driving away in that new car. I gave my head a shake, pulled onto the main road and put the pedal down to see what she could do. I had a dinner date that evening with Susan, from down at the makeup counter, and I couldn’t wait to show her around in the new wheels.

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Again, I sit with my elders as they grudgingly adhere to the tradition of watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV. Complaints that little of the parade is actually shown are also traditional, as is the absence of reverence for Creator and Lord in the public festivities.  This Thanksgiving, I pray in thanks. And I […]

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On the Thanksgiving holiday, we give thanks for all our blessings. Here in the United States, Thanksgiving has been a national holiday since the 1860s. Yes, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day. I want to declare how very grateful I am for having […]

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Last year I had the best, most relaxing Christmas in my entire life.  I got up early in the morning, fed the kids breakfast and proceeded to throw up.  My husband took the kids and they spent the whole day at his family’s house while I stayed at home and slept, watched YouTube, and played […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America prepare for Thanksgiving by each listing three things they’re politically thankful for this year.

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Every weekday Frank Wheeler, age 30, takes a commuter train into the city, where he works regular hours at his office before returning to his Connecticut suburb, with its grassy lawns and nicely-spaced, comfortable homes. There his beautiful wife April is cooking a dinner she did not have to shoot, pluck, or skin, which will […]

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In less than a week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. It marks the official beginning to the holiday jamboree that lasts until the new year. It is a holiday where the meal and the gathering of family is the focus of the celebration not just a happenstance. The greatest joy of the holiday is that […]

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If you are gearing up for Thanksgiving travel, you may want to add a few layers to your suitcase attire. There is an unusually dramatic weather pattern headed from the Plains to the Northeast that will dramatically change the forecast very quickly, beginning this weekend. This could include high winds and possibly, snow. If you […]

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As the 2013 holiday season rolled around, I became thoroughly disgusted with the non-stop attempts by the Left to co-opt the holiday table discussion with their talking points. This Papa Possum satire was written as a proper response. Feel free to recite it at your holiday table. Preview Open

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Thanksgiving, 1789

 

If you want a clear example of how the authors of the US Constitution understood our government’s relationship to religion, look no further than the proclamation of a day of thanksgiving to God in 1789 by President George Washington. Here is his speech inaugurating this holiday (and yes, “holiday” is a derivation of “holy day”).

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Thanksgiving

 

As I was sorting through some old things, I ran across a little thanksgiving prayer I had written the first year my husband and I were married. We had a quiet Thanksgiving that year, just the two of us and a duck. We’re off to a much larger (and doubtless noisier) Thanksgiving dinner with extended family soon. Enjoy giving thanks, all, and God bless!

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Most of this is something I posted on my blog a couple of years ago and I think rather fitting for Thanksgiving. It started when I came across an article First Things on the rock composer and performer, Warren Zevon.  First Things is a rather high brow religious magazine (mostly traditional Christian and to my […]

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Sitting with my parents during NBC’s coverage of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, I’m on the hunt for a non-commercially broadcast live stream online. Why? Because NBC prefers to show its anchors, celebrity interviews, and basically anything other than the actual parade. The situation recurs every year.  It’s a tradition for my parents to watch the […]

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Thanksgiving

 

This is an open post to discuss all the things for which we’re thankful, big and small.

MediaItem_234I may have more reason to be thankful today than most: First, I’m thankful to an anonymous pig who (reluctantly, I imagine) donated its aortic valve to my father, replacing his dangerously calcified human one. (Thank you, gentle pig! We hope you liked your experience of xenoplantation, and welcome you to your new human lifestyle! You’ll love settling in to watch The Simpsons with my dad: We absolutely loved that when we were growing up.)

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Recently, I attended a fundraiser.  Goodie bags were passed out at the door, and on the train ride home to New Jersey, I opened mine for a look-see. There, sandwiched between the vegan cookies and the all-day mascara, was a copy of Oprah’s What I Know For Sure, a compilation of Oprah’s magazine columns about […]

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Inspired by Guru For Hire’s many excellent cookery posts, may I present King George I’s Christmas Pudding recipe?  Because if you’re going to make it for this year, you need to start now! Legend has it that King George I, known as the  “Pudding King,” ate this pudding at six o’clock on December 25, 1714—his […]

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As a guest at both my mother-in-law’s and my aunt’s and uncle’s (we dine with the in-laws and arrive at the uncle’s for seconds and dessert), I take seriously my role of bringing tasty side dishes that will awe and wow. This year, to the in-laws’ I will bring Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart. Wow. Just […]

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