Holiday Celebrations As The Years Continue..

This may become one of the most interesting THANKSGIVING and Christmas holiday seasons to date.

THANKSGIVING-1964

(Musings of a Homemaker – Houghton Lake Resorter newspaper)

“Get that thing out of here and don’t you ever bring a snake into the house again!”(Turning from  the kitchen sink just as my young son proudly showed me the snake he had captured in a jar.)

It was the fall of  1964.  We had three young boys under the age of seven and dirty laundry in the laundry room.

And now,  I was being confronted with a snake in a jar.

Reality was here to stay.

Our countryside is beautiful today. The joy of living in this wonderful place never changes for me.

Snow covering for our fields has not yet arrived. Even so,

the pleasant anticipation of its arrival is a given in this precious season of Thanksgiving

in northern Michigan.

There will be no time for me to fix turkey and pumpkin pie this year.

With three boys to keep an eye on, laundry to do, and dishes waiting in the sink, where would I find the time?

As is often the case, Mother and Dad will rescue us. They will fill our appetites with an invitation to a bountiful table at their peaceful home.

The joy of the Thanksgiving family gathering offers not only good food but pleasant conversation. Which will be filled with memories of being together

during the holiday season.

Our greeting card list has not reached the length it will be in the future. I’m trusting that some of our friends who send cards to fill our mailbox, will understand it when they don’t find one from us

in their mailbox.

Each year we wish we had time to reach out through the post office,  to friends and family. But,

little boys in need of attention at unexpected times assure the greetings from me will be slim.

Mother always had her Christmas greeting cards prepared to send the day after Thanksgiving.  I’m sure she reserved the time to prepare them even when pressing family matters absorbed her time.

Assuredly,  there were no snakes in jars at the home of my parents during the growing up years of my sister and me. We shared our dislike for those little creatures.

 Mother was ever faithful with her early holiday greeting and enjoyed the notoriety of being the first Christmas card to be received by family and friends.

A portion of Thanksgiving day was spent composing her handwritten notes expressing love and best wishes to friends and family

for the coming year.

Time will tell if I inherit Mother’s traditions as the years go by.

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New Memories New Traditions

2019

This may become one of the most interesting Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons to date.

Married sixty-two years in 2017, my husband, at the age of eighty-seven, passed on to his next life during the month of February.

Two of our little boys are now grown men. Our middle son died six years ago.  The experiences of all our lives have taken a very different turn.

The joy of grandchildren and the arrival of three great-granddaughters, Willow, Eva and Meadow, has filled our hearts to overflowing.

At the age of eighty-four, it may be a bit too much to entertain the entire extended family here at the farm for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Looking at it in a different way, it’s sure to become” memories in the making” for the younger folks who will take on that pleasant responsibility.

There is a large electric cooker in the cupboard and many recipes from my grandmother waiting in the recipe box. 

I’ve been thinking about putting up the Christmas tree.
 How could I fail to do that?
 This precious season is all about memories, families and the welcoming of the Christ Child.

The passing of years doesn’t change everything. Some things never change.

It really is the season of living and loving.

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Photographs By Mary Anne Tuck

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A MOMENT IN TIME

I began to think of the way we are linked together
 through His creation. The markings of the geese are specific,
  always the same for a particular breed.

AT THE END OF THE DAY

Looking Back

1995-2019

While enjoying the end of the day during a late August evening
 on our porch swing,
 The readily identifiable sounds of approaching geese
 could be heard.

The maple trees in our front yard formed a thick canopy over the place where we sat. We could hear the geese, yet couldn’t see them clearly.

 One glimpse through the leaves,
  told us there were five.

This farm has twenty acres, eight of which are hay fields. Geese often fly toward the fields at the end of the day, during late summer, to feed and to rest before beginning their journey south for the winter.

As the five flew over our yard, 
a fluffy white feather floated quietly to the ground.

 What were the chances that a tiny feather
 could find its way
 through the thick leafy trees,
 coming to rest on the grass before us?

I began to think of the way we are linked together
 through His creation. 

The markings of the geese are specific,
  always the same for a particular breed.

Our family has now lived on this old farm 
for 60 years.
 It was an August evening, the  end of the day,
 when my husband and I decided to rest 
on the porch swing 
and enjoy the quiet of the evening.

Just then,
 our Maker placed us together
 with other creatures of His creation.

 He is the One
 who all the oceans placed,
 set the world in space 
and created….. us.

 On this late summer evening, 
He chose to join His creations together 
for a special moment in time.

A coincidence? Perhaps…

* * * *

Winging low across the evening sky,

with necks outstretched,

the five in line responded to imprinted flight

formed countless centuries ago. 

A canopy of leaves formed overhead,

blocking them from view.

Gliding lower, wings now set,

the five flew toward feeding fields at dusk. 

How quickly they had come into our solitude,

then disappeared into the evening shadows. 

Now out of sight, ghostly silhouettes,

markings meticulously ordained when time began.

A snow white feather drifted slowly to the ground. 

Now cradled in the grass, 

The evening dew its bed, 

Binding our lives with theirs, 

All, now ever changed.

The great creative plan of One

who set the world in space,

the oceans placed, species defined,

now paused with us for a moment in time. 

We were one with Him.

It was the END OF THE DAY.

copyright©2019
Photographs By Mary Anne Tuck

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