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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

As the snow falls and the wind blows another Thanksgiving is in the works. I am probably thankful for a lot more things than I realize, besides a warm house and enough food on the table. There are many millions on this planet without those things.

The native inhabitants of this continent were decimated by disease brought over by the Europeans in the 1500's, but in (what was to become) Plymouth, Massachusetts the locals helped and made peace with some refugees. It lasted for about 50 years. It was probably about the longest stretch of peace this "country" would ever know. Maybe welcoming more refugees in at this time would give us another stretch. I can dream, can't I?

Here, myself, Otto, and my brother are sitting down to a Thanksgiving meal in the early 1960's. Things have certainly changed in the last half century, but life is still good. I hope all of you have a happy and stress free Thanksgiving.

29 comments:

Ahab said...

Happy Thanksgiving Jono.

John Gray said...

Im intrigued..what are the other plates of foodon the table

Elephant's Child said...

I like your dream.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

anne marie in philly said...

this could be my grandmother's house in the 60s...good china on the table, good home cooked food (no microwaves back then), lots of family gathered.

have a great day!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Jono said...

Ahab, Thanks and the same to you!

John Gray, I see biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce (from a can-we don't do THAT anymore!), a bit of tomato on lettuce, and some kind of casserole, probably green beans swimming in some kind of Campbell's soup sauce, and a plate of olives and celery. I still am not crazy about olives.

Elephant's child, Thanks! We can share the dream. Maybe it will catch on someday.

anne marie in philly, Well, remember this was only about 20 miles south of your home. In the era before microwaves. Color television was just starting to catch on.

Debra, Thanks! Have a lovely day whatever you do.

jenny_o said...

I'll join in the wish for peace. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

And, hey, what's wrong with canned cranberries?! We still serve those, and I look forward to them more than any other part of the meal except the dressing. I could just eat cranberries and dressing and be very happy. I tried making cranberry sauce one time and despite the cuploads of sugar that went into it, the final product was so sour no one could eat it. I make a mean pan of biscuits, though, which sort of makes up for it.

Jono said...

jenny_o, There is nothing wrong with canned cranberries. In fact, Stitch's mother used to love them for the "schlooop" sound they make coming out of the can. While there are a few foods I am not crazy about I eat just about anything that passes for food. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pixel Peeper said...

Happy Thanksgiving! It's one of my favorite holidays...no presents and shopping stress (except for purchasing groceries). It's all about the food and being with family and friends.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

What a sweet photo of three handsome young men. Are you the one in front?

Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend, Jono.

Knatolee said...

A very happy Thanksgiving to you!

Sioux said...

Jono--Your photo (you're just a few years older than me) brought back lots of memories of Thanksgivings from my childhood.

I hope your holiday was lovely...

Tom Sightings said...

Thanks for the nice sentiment. Life is good for most of us, and so as you point out, we should be thankful since so much of the world is in turmoil. Unfortunately, that hasn't changed in the last half century. But ... let us all have hope for the future.

Janie Junebug said...

Gratitude is good. Too often, we take the blessings in our lives for granted.

Love,
Janie

Jono said...

Pixel Peeper, Sharing food is a lot more intimate than most people may realize and is always a good way to bring folks together.

Rawknrobyn, Yes, that would be me closest to the camera. Must have been about twelve or thirteen at that time. Enjoy your time off as well. Congrats on the 5k!

Knatolee, Thanks! And to you, Gordon, and the critters I wish all the best.

Sioux, It was probably a fairly typical event in the 'burbs of that era.

Tom, I always figure where there is life there is hope. As much of a curmudgeon as I can be at times there is always at least a little ray of sunshine.

Janie Junebug, Hence, this one holiday to help everyone remember that it could be worse and a little humility goes a long way, too. Most on the planet don't have it as easy.

Vapid Vixen said...

What a great picture! Kind of has Norman Rockwell written all over it. Love the decor, the smiles and the pimento olives!

Should Fish More said...

Nice picture. If you added some squabbling adults and fighting children you'd have the thanksgiving of my youth.

Agi Tater said...

I hope you and yours had a fantastic Thanksgiving Jono!

The Blog Fodder said...


Couple days late and dollars short but Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your readers.

Diane Henders said...

I'm late to the party, too, but Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving!

Shammickite said...

I have some photos of eager hungry people sitting around a turkey too! I hope it was a good Thanksgiving. As you know, we Canadians have our thanksgiving in October, when the weather is a lot nicer!

Jenny Woolf said...

I'm inclined to think new blood, whether it's refugees or immigrants, in moderation, is very good for a place.

Jono said...

Vapid Vixen, I never thought of it as Norman Rockwellian, but It really is. Impending puberty was about to change all that.

Should Fish More, When extended family or friends showed up it did deteriorate from the idyllic scene in this picture.

Agi Tater, It was quiet and delicious, thank you.

The Blog Fodder, I hope things settle down in Ukraine. Maybe Putin's attentions are elsewhere for the moment.

Diane, You are welcome to the party whenever you get here. Even after everyone else goes home and it's just you and m.... never mind.

Shammickite, October is much more sensible at this latitude as everything is freezing up by this time of year.

Jenny Woolf, A fresh vision is always welcome, as are you. Thanks for stopping by!

Donna Banta said...

I'm just coming back online after a wonderful, gluttonous holiday here in CA. Love the picture! Thanks for sharing.

A Beer For The Shower said...

We're late (went into a pumpkin pie coma for about a week) but hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving. Love the old picture. All of my old Thanksgiving pictures have me stuffing my face and food bits falling out. I will not be sharing those online.

Gia said...

I'm a little late to the party, but happy thanksigiving! (It's still a questionable holiday, but not nearly as bad as columbus day, imo)

Jono said...

Donna, Thanks!

ABFTS, Would love to see pictures of you pigging out and being more disgusting than usual.

Gia, Never too late to party. Any holiday that gets me out of work is a good one. Columbus Day is wrong on so many levels and I don't get the day off which is a minor issue with that one.

Vagabonde said...

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving with all the trimmings. I like your photo from the 60s – you look very happy. I don’t have old pictures of Thanksgiving as, in France, I had never heard of it. But after coming into the US I certainly took to the holiday and now enjoy it very much.

Jono said...

Vagabonde, I am glad you have taken to the U.S. Thanksgiving. I know if I went to France I would eagerly accept any opportunity to eat, holiday or not.