One happy grandmother!

Go over the river, through the woods, to Grandmother’s house and she’ll be quite happy!

“Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather’s house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.
Over the river, and through the wood—
oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose
as over the ground we go.
Over the river, and through the wood—
and straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go extremely slow,
it is so hard to wait!
Over the river, and through the wood—
When Grandmother sees us come,
She will say, “O, dear, the children are here,
bring a pie for everyone.”
Over the river, and through the wood—
now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!”

          by Lydia Maria Child


Gratefulness & Thankfulness

Fall arrangement 4

Gratefulness and thankfulness fill Grandma Abigail’s heart! Her daughter and grandson will be traversing “over the river and through the woods” approximately 1,200 miles to grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving this year. This will be one year that her heart won’t feel ripped apart and wounded when she hears that song, a song which she truly does love a lot but which is painful to listen to most years. Thankfully she and Pap Wayne get to see others of their children and grandchildren occasionally throughout the year and are always truly thankful & blessed that they too travel to see grandma & pap but holidays without them are difficult. Grandma Abigail tries to keep on a happy face but sometimes there’s pain lurking underneath.

Holidays were all about family being together when Grandma Abigail was growing up but times have changed. In her mind it should still be that way yet they encouraged their children to become independent and to discover & develop their life courses and their grown children have done so. This is the result. They are proud of their children’s achievements and the new roots which they have established as they accomplish their goals and grow their families.

Grandma Abigail and Pap Wayne say, “We count our blessings day by day and we are truly grateful and thankful for the extras!”

I wonder if Celia will be spending Thanksgiving with her daughter and granddaughter this year. Perhaps they will come down and visit The Olde Fishing Village. Only time will tell.