November 26, 2008

The Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving


It may be I am getting old and like too much to dwell
Upon the days of bygone years, the days I loved so well;
But thinking of them now I wish somehow that I could know
A simple old Thanksgiving Day, like those of long ago,
When all the family gathered round a table richly spread,
With little Jamie at the foot and grandpa at the head,
The youngest of us all to greet the oldest with a smile,
With mother running in and out and laughing all the while.

It may be I'm old-fashioned, but it seems to me to-day
We're too much bent on having fun to take the time to pray;
Each little family grows up with fashions of its own;
It lives within a world itself and wants to be alone.
It has its special pleasures, its circle, too, of friends;
There are no get-together days; each one his journey wends,
Pursuing what he likes the best in his particular way,
Letting the others do the same upon Thanksgiving Day.

I like the olden way the best, when relatives were glad
To meet the way they used to do when I was but a lad;
The old home was a rendezvous for all our kith and kin,
And whether living far or near they all came trooping in
With shouts of "Hello, Daddy!" as they fairly stormed the place
And made a rush for Mother, who would stop to wipe her face
Upon her gingham apron before she kissed them all,
Hugging them proudly to her breast, the grownups and the small.

Then laughter rang throughout the home, and, Oh, the jokes they told;
From Boston, Frank brought new ones, but Father sprang the old;
All afternoon we chatted, telling what we hoped to do,
The struggles we were making and the hardships we'd gone through;
We gathered round the fireside. How fast the hours would fly--
It seemed before we'd settled down 'twas time to say good-bye.
Those were the glad Thanksgivings, the old-time families knew
When relatives could still be friends and every heart was true.

~Edgar Albert Guest
1881-1959

10 comments:

The Hermit said...

Well, times do change. But Thanksgiving is still a good holiday and a restful one.

Jan said...

Hermit..times do change, but mostly it's the people who change.

I suppose every day is really just what we make of it, don't you?

Donald Douglas said...

I hope Americans take a moment to pray and say a meaningful thanks. We have God's bounty here in America, and I'm saying a couple of good long prayers tomorrow, since Lord knows we'll need it (new rounds of terrorism are already coming, and Obama's not even in office. Talk about being tested ... I'll say).

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Jan!

Jan said...

Donald..thank you.

I know I, and my family will be thanking God for all of our blessings!

You're right..we're all going to need all the prayer we can get in the coming days and years.

A wonderful, and blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family, Donald.

Ted said...

Best explanation (following 2 you tube videos) I've seen for the total media blackout of what is the single greatest news event and domestic threat -- let's call it OBAMAGATE -- since the outbreak of the American Civil War and for the sincere prayers of the American people that the United States Supreme Court -- let's call it OUR LAST HOPE -- now to have the courage to save our great nation as we have come to know it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1spPrzvYWRI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8b_usFyLHQ

sheoflittlebrain said...

Thanks for this wonderful poem, Jan. We still hold to tradition here..and I know you do too.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving with your family!

Jan said...

Ted..thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jan said...

She..you're welcome!

I just read the post at your place, too...beautiful!

MK said...

Times certainly have changed. I often say, the easier it is to keep in touch with friends and loved ones the less of it we actually do.

Jan said...

MK..I know.

It's a whole different world from what it used to be.