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Thanksgiving was a family affair

Southern Ohio

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thanksgiving is once more a memory! How was your Thanksgiving? I really hope everyone had plenty to eat.

I had thought about heading for the mountains, but then it snowed so I decided it was best for me to stay home.

My daughter Angie Wiederhold invited me to dinner at her place, and my little sidekick Bennie wanted me to stay all night.

My oldest daughter Kay Gray has been at her place in Destin, Fla., for a month or longer. Kay has tried two different times to get me to join her, but it just hasn’t been good timing for me.

Kay’s youngest daughter Jodi decided she was going to spend Thanksgiving with me, come what may!

I told Jodi I was going to Angie’s for dinner, and Jodi decided to go. She called Angie, then Jodi called her sister Jennifer and her two brothers C.J. and his wife Shannon and Jamie Gray and his girl friend Emily. There were 10 of us together, which included three generations.

Angie and I prepared the dinner together. After I rinsed the turkey, I tried to lift it into the pan to stuff it. I couldn’t lift it. Tears started flowing down my face, to realize I couldn’t do something as simple as lift a turkey.

I must say everything was delicious, although I didn’t have much of an appetite. This was the first time in several years that I have spent Thanksgiving with any of my family except my son Keith. Thanks to Jodi for being bossy. Just kidding.

As I held my nine-monthold great-granddaughter Harlow in my arms while glancing at her dad C.J., once again I could feel the tears wanted to make an exit. Thirty-three years ago I held C.J. the same way.

I watched my six-yearold grandson Bennie and my six- year- old- greatgrandson T. J. playing in the floor, and yes, my heart overflowed. These two are three weeks apart in their age.

Before the evening ended we all got into a pillow fight, from ages six to 68, and it was a fun time.

Jodi braved the crowd at Target’s and wherever for moonlight madness sales, at one time I would have been right with her. This time I stayed behind.

Belated happy birthday to Les and Pat Wagner Dec. 2. It seems so right that these two should share the same birthday. I’m sure that Les and Pat along with Larry and Becky Hasty had a great Thanksgiving.

Doyle and Betty Ison had all their family for Thanksgiving dinner except a grandson.

I sound like a Scrooge or whatever, but I am glad when holidays are over as I never know what to buy for anyone. It isn’t much fun giving money. My grandchildren have so much, I wouldn’t know where to start. When Jessica and Katelyn showed me something called a tablet, I had no idea what they were showing me.

My great-grandson T.J. asked his mother if he could play with her Kindle. I am told that is something you can read books on.

When I let my thoughts travel back to childhood, there were several Christmas without toys. I never seemed to mind until I was about seven years old. I wanted a doll and got a headscarf. Mom nor Dad ever knew how I cried. I can still remember the scarf was yellow plaid.

When my children were young, I think my husband and I tried to get them whatever they asked for Christmas. Of course we didn’t have a lot of money, but the children were always happy.

On Christmas Eve their dad would always read ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and about the birth of baby Jesus to the children before bedtime.

When Kay and Angie were small I made their clothes. Kay still talks about the matching outfits I made for them. It has been so long since I sat at a sewing machine I probably wouldn’t know how to thread one.

Anna is the youngest and was spoiled more than the other children. There were a few years between her and Angie, and I think I actually enjoyed Anna more as I was so young with the other three. We were a little more financially able to do for Anna as she got a new car for her 16th birthday. The other children got used cars.

I forgot to mention that Anna went to Paris, France when she was only 15 and a freshman in high school.

Now I’ve taken you for a walk down memory lane with me, and I hope you didn’t mind.

I haven’t decided whether or not to put up a Christmas tree this year. I see so many people that have their tree up and it looks so pretty.

It is getting late so I better get this on its way.

Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Blugrassmama4@aol.com, telephone: 513-36-4682.



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