Family Poetry posted November 16, 2019


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Our Thanksgiving Dinner

by Patty Palmer

It was the first-holiday dinner
That I would prepare
For this Thanksgiving dinner,
Mom would not be there.

I found all her recipes
Tucked neatly in a file
Bringing back memories
From when I was a child.

I headed to the grocer's
To fill my shopping cart
With goodies that she made
With such a loving heart.

The night before the holiday
I tried baking the pies.
They didn't look like hers
But they'd do, I surmised.

Came the dawn of morning
I stumbled to the kitchen
Looking at that turkey
"Mom, Help!" I was wishin'!

I carefully made the stuffing
Just the way I'd seen her do.
How she did it with such ease
I hadn't any clue!

Next "bathing" the turkey
Which I'd never done before
My kids thinking it funny
Laughed at me from the door.

As I placed that turkey
In the roaster mom always used
I envisioned her beside me,
Smiling and quite amused!

My clothes protected by her apron
Her potholders in my hand
I felt a sense of comfort
As if she were in command.

I set the dinner table
For our Thanksgiving feast,
And right in the middle
I placed her centerpiece.

The very same tablecloth
That she had made by hand
Now covered my table
Looking rather grand!

Her goblets graced the table
With her china trimmed in gold.
The same set we'd eaten from
Since I was six years old.

The family began arriving
They gasped with surprise!
It looked just like Mom's table
There right before their eyes!

Sitting down to our dinner
And after saying grace,
Everyone had a smile
As they took their first taste.

My sister said it felt
As if mom was here
Though she had a smile
I saw a glistening tear.

With tears of my own
I quickly looked away
"Oh, she's here all right," I said
"She's been with me all day!"



When someone we love passes away, that first year of holidays are the hardest thing to. But it seems keeping up with traditions works better than pretending we don't miss them
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