During this Thanksgiving week, many of us will be recalling our family gatherings of the past and the great times we had. We will also be thinking about all we have to be thankful for as we celebrate the day itself.
As most of you know, my memories of the past center around those canyons at Ima and the fun we had during holidays as we gathered at Grandmother’s house. At least three generations of us would meet there for the day and would have those canyons echoing with much laughter from all generations. We would spend much of the day around the table feasting on wonderful foods prepared on that black iron cook stove. We young ones needed snacks long before the main meal, Grandmother always had just the right thing, such as some choke cherry jelly and freshly churned butter spread on slices of home made bread.
All the women worked in the kitchen while most of the men sat in the living room or on the front porch just visiting about whatever subjects came to mind. The cousins just ran and played wherever we wanted to in those canyons. When Grandmother would call all of us to Thanksgiving dinner, we would be around the table before she had time to close the screen door behind us.
Little talking and much eating went on for the next hour. After we had finished eating and had done the dishes, everyone remained around the table to exchange memories of the past and to express their reasons for being thankful. Most of all, I think we were mainly thankful for being together to celebrate the day.
As we celebrate now, we have more to be thankful for than we will admit and should be sharing our thoughts with each other. I am very thankful for having collected so many memories in those canyons and having had the opportunity to listen to the stories told by the two older generations who gathered there.
Such memories just naturally make me smile as I go about the day itself. Of course, I am always very thankful for having the good fortune to have so many friends who have added more than they can ever know to my life.
Each of us should take a few minutes of Thanksgiving Day to give thanks for all we have. We are proud to be Americans on this day and are glad we have such a day set aside to celebrate. Have a most blessed Thanksgiving and collect a few more fond memories to share.
Lynn Moncus is a Tucumcari resident and can be contacted through the Quay County Sun by calling 575-461-1952.