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November 20, 2012

BRADBERRY: Thanks for the feast, great memories

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Niagara Gazette — Let’s not turn this family holiday into just another excuse to go shopping; there’ll be plenty of time for that!

Meanwhile, at the Big Table, adults rambled on about the economy, war, taxes, the past, the future and politics. They repeated old stories over and over again about family fortunes and misfortunes, about opportunities gained and lost, about the importance of paying attention at school, getting a good education, staying out of trouble and some day owning our own businesses and our own homes at which point we at the kids’ table were invariably quieted and sternly directed to listen, “Did you hear me?” they demand.

“Yes, we heard you …”we’d echo in harmony, and laugh, but the message was clear, “stay in school, stay out of trouble.”

And on Thanksgiving Eve, the next year, keeping the tradition alive, at exactly midnight, or thereabouts she and Dad would slide that big stuffed bird into the oven and, as we slept, they talked long into the night about their dreams for their children while the turkey basted in its own juices flavoring our dreams, promising and delivering the finest Thanksgiving dinners ever, and for me, decades later, the most delightful memories possible.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Contact Bill at bill.bradberry@yahoo.com

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