Thanksgivings – Out In The Country

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. This week, all of Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop prompts feature Thanksgiving themes. How appropriate!

I  am actually including two of those prompts in this post.

The first part of my post is written about this prompt:
3.) A favorite Thanksgiving memory.

Every memory I have of Thanksgiving during my childhood focuses on my sister, June’s house. My mom and I had our Thanksgiving meal with them every year.  June and her family lived in a big old house about 10 miles from us out in the country.  This picture was taken by their daughter, Barb, many years after they moved from there.

While my mom and June were busy preparing the meal, I, along with my nieces and nephews, would watch the Thanksgiving Day parades. When the parade coverage ended, June’s husband, Ed, would take all us children (their four and me) – weather permitting – out for a walk in the fields or the woods.

It seemed to take forever for that turkey to finish cooking. But once it was done, that meal was worth the wait. We always had dressing, cranberry sauce, candied yams, and rolls with the turkey. And June’s pecan pie for dessert. There were eight of us crowded around a kitchen table that was probably meant for six.  But I only have good memories of those Thanksgiving Days. Thanks, June.

Now for the second prompt and the second part of my post:
2.) What traditions do you carry on with your family each year?

In recent years, Motor Man and I have invited Marshall to our house for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. After breakfast, although neither of them was ever a part of those Thanksgiving days at June’s house, the three of us take a ride. Out in the country.

The house is no longer there; it was vacant for many years and burned mysteriously several years ago.

But the memories are still there. And now, because of those memories, a ride out in the country has become part of our Thanksgiving day tradition. Thanks, Motor Man and Marshall.

Mama’s Losin’ It

21 responses to “Thanksgivings – Out In The Country

  1. It’s sad the home is gone but I can tell it and the memories you shared there live on. Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving, Dianna.

  2. You made me cry…remembering our Thanksgiving is always special. I often say I’ve cooked enough Thanksgiving meals to feed most of the people in the city. And it was always with love. I miss our Thanksgivings and I’m thankful we had them.

  3. the best memories are the ones inside of us….being able to share them with others!!

    have a wonderful holiday!!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Dianna to you and your Family! Thanksgiving is so much about our memories. Thank you for sharing yours. Sounds like a great idea. A ride in the country! We take a long walk on the “Tiny Ten” and build an outside fire and then I get dinner together later in the afternoon. A pot of chicken and noodles! And pumpkin pie, of course 🙂

  5. Lovely story – makes me think of Thanksgiving Day at my grandparents!

  6. that is sweet. and bittersweet. 🙂

  7. Those were wonderful Thanksgivings with you and Grandma. Just thinking of them made me smile. Our childhoods were so rich with blessings!

  8. Family always seems to be the center of Thanksgiving memories. We always went to my Aunt & Uncle’s house in Pottstown, PA. The pies under close watch waiting their turn. But not close enough! My dad and my uncle took turns sneaking whiskey into the mincemeat pies (a Pennsylvania Dutch favorite). When time for desert came around…they were potent! Needless to say the kids didn’t eat them! We ate the apple and pumpkin pies!

  9. Amazing memories. Sad to see the house is gone, but love how the memories keep it alive.

  10. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Thank you Lord for wonderful memories. Happy Thanksgiving Dianna, Motor Man and Marshall. May God bless.

  11. You are very welcome!! Thank you!! Just got back from our annual trip: great as always, and perfectly Autumn!! Good to see a picture of the old house, too: couldn’t really remember it..

  12. Sounds like you had a lovely morning! I’ve been so lazy … just coffee, thoughts and an easy chair!!

  13. What great memories and a wonderful way to make new ones!
    Wishing you and yours a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

  14. What a great memory and a beautiful setting to enjoy a family meal

    Happy Thanksgiving to you

    visiting from Mama Kat’s

  15. This sounds very familiar to my childhood memories, except that the family gathered at my parent’s home. We had dressing also…no stuffing at a Mississippi Thanksgiving! I didn’t even know that term until I was an adult.

    Thansgiving in Alaska is a bit eclectic. There is a lot of traditional food, as well as a hodgepodge of native Alaskan food, or the specialties of place that people have come from. Alaska is a melting pot state. Today I am honoring my southern roots by sharing sweet potato casserole and creamed corn at our clinic staff meal.

    Thanks for sharing! ~ Sheila

  16. Maybe we’re making memories for our grandchildren. Since both my mother and mother-in-law are gone, I’ve become the grandma “over the river and through the woods” for them. I don’t really have any memories of Thanksgiving other than it being the day we butchered our hog. It’s wonderful to hear your precious memories from childhood.

  17. Wonderful memories from the past and making memories for the future, that’s what makes all holidays special in our minds. Thanks for sharing a bit of your sweet nostalgia.

  18. What lovely memories you have of Thanksgivings past – I have some similar ones although because we moved so much with Dad being in the Air Force, we rarely had other family around our table – just us. Still, we concentrated on being thankful for our many blessings. That was what it was all about – and still IS about. What a PERFECT Thanksgiving blog Dianna!


  19. Such Lovely memories and sweet traditions you have. I hope you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving. I wish you all a fabulous rest of the weekend. 🙂

  20. Memories are always in our hearts. It felt very sorrowful to read the account of your sisters home no longer being there. It may be gone but the memories live on.

  21. I’m trying to remember Thanksgiving when I was young. The one thing that comes to mind is the dressing that was baked in a pan, my favorite, and always having to eat at the kid’s table with the nieces and nephews.

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