Email Beginnings

by - November 27, 2010

I've been blogging for less than a year. Before that there were tell-tale signs that it was in my future.

Take this email for instance from last year's Thanksgiving Day:

11.26.09 8:09 PM   [Thanksgiving Night]
To: Auntie Lynne, Auntie Donna, Tammy, Wayne, Scott, Todd, Trevor,

Hi, all,
I got up early this morning to get a jump on the Thanksgiving cooking.  I was alone in the kitchen, everyone else still asleep and while I cooked, I began reminiscing.  Here are a few of the things I remembered that have made my day today.

Competing to be the first to see the dome of the capitol building in Providence when we were getting close, chanting "Bumps, bumps, come on bumps!" for my mother's sake because she always had to go to the bathroom when we were bouncing over some bridge close to EP [East Providence], fighting over Grandma's dressing, setting tables, making placecards, lots of aunts laughing while doing dishes (we weren't allowed because the dishes were the "good" ones and we were too little), the Thanksgiving parade in Grandpa's basement, Grandma's speech about not having to eat anything you didn't want today, Happy living up to his name wacking us in the rump with his wagging tail as he waded through the sea of people at Grandma's house, Grandpa's toast that Jeff had memorized at a young age and adopted as a tradition to carry on, piano, uke, banjo, kazoos and bad singing that was nothing but sheer fun, trying to catch the football game at the end of the block and still make it home in time for dinner, Auntie Lynne fussing at us for growing while we were gone, Dad and Uncle Butch comparing bald spots.

I have wonderful childhood memories of Thanksgiving at Grandma's house.  Hope your memories are as special. And I hope you had a great day today, too.


PS _ Tam, forward this to Todd and Trevor, please.  I don't have their emial addresses.  Thanks.
May your Thanksgiving memories and its spirit of giving thanks bleed into the rest of your year...and all the years to come.

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  1. Now its your turn to make me cry. I saved this e-mail. Those memories are so precious and weave the fabric of who we have become and the importance of cherishing each of those moments with dear ones now. Mom and Dad just left and with them I fear the last time they will be here. You were blogging years before blogging was a thing. I have the letters to prove it. And maybe someday when there are quiet moments I will get all those letters out and over coffee we'll continue down memory lane. Wishing you a joyful weekend. Thanks for remembering...

  2. Every holiday and every day is about Family and making sure we all end up together, in heaven. Then, it's on to friends, acquaintances, etc.
    Dave and I were together Thanksgiving Day; that made it great.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours; Merry Christmas to all.

  3. yep, all the signs of a future blogger! :)
    isn't this so much fun?

    your thanksgiving memories of your
    grandmother's house are so like mine.
    don't you miss her terribly?

    i sure do, mine i mean. :)

    merry Christmas,


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