Special Thanksgiving

 This was similar to the Thanksgiving TV dinners we had in the freezer for Thanksgiving because we were in bankruptcy at the time and little money was left for food from the checks from the Alexandria Town Talk newspaper in Alexandria, Louisiana.



This turkey is similar to the turkey we ate that day.

My son Kenny had just finished his tour of duty with the Air Force and when he saw we were having frozen turkey dinners he went to the grocery store and bought  a real turkey for Thanksgiving.

His generosity turned a very forgettable Thanksgiving into a memorable one that is still recalled over ten years later. It is indicative of how an act of kindness can linger on in our memories years later.

This Thanksgiving will be another special one since my dad will be 95 on Thanksgiving Day. We have a lot to be thankful for knowing my dad still operates a tiller to plant his garden and mows with a pushmower at an age when most people have died or are in nursing homes.

He was born so long ago in 1914 that he wasn’t even born in a hospital.

At the same time Thanksgiving is a time of sadness having lost my mother 11 years ago. Will never forget her cooking Thanksgiving dinner.  We may not have eaten till 3:00 in the afternoon but it was worth the wait for a nice Thanksgiving dinner back in the 50’s and 60’s.




Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

2 thoughts on “Special Thanksgiving”

  1. What a wonderful holiday story. At Thanksgiving I always think back to a time we were on tour, and was supposed to be home in time for Thanksgiving. However, due to a snow storm, and the plane icing we were stuck thousands of miles from home. The hotel had closed the resturant since in those days people thought it was important to be home for the holiday and they knew there would not be any business. IN fact we were the only ones left in the hotel. So we went to the kitchen, found some potatoes and canned tomatoes and lettuce . So Jimmie said, well at least the Lord provided for us. Before we ate, he gave thanks for the food, we found to eat, and for the food our loved ones were eating, and then of all things he thanked God for the bountiful Thanksgiving dinner we were going to eat when we got to Louisiana. Yes, when we did get home, my folks had a feast waiting for us. When I asked him how he knew they would do that, he said I know our loved ones. I knew your parents would not eat anything until we were safe at home. That they would be praying for our safe return. My memories are great too of past holidays. They are all gone on now, but I know one day we will have a great reunion again .


  2. Your story is even better than mine. Tomatoes, lettuce and potatoes may not have been much to eat but considering the situation it kept you going to all of you returned for a sumptious feast at home.

    Very true about meeting our relatives and friends again on that great reunion day.

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