Thank you for such a wonderful letter. It was so well written. I am so proud of your handwriting and the beautiful sentences you wrote. You asked me to write you about traditions in our family. So I will write you about one that took place at our house, one you took an important role in back in 2009. That tradition is Thanksgiving at our house.
We invite as much family as can attend: Grandma Ellen, Uncle Robert and his family, Aunt Anetta’s family, and my cousins David and Isabel. Sometimes we have even more people than that. Usually we have three tables of people. One table has 8, another one has 6 and another one has 4. If we need more space, those people usually serve themselves and eat from their plates balanced on their laps.
Each family brings a special dish. Michaele brings green bean casserole, Yvonne brings cabbage, Anetta brings a wonderful pasta salad, Grandma Ellen brings mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. Isabel brings succotash. We provide the turkey, ham and stuffing. Also, I try to be sure there are many kinds of pie: pumpkin, apple, pecan, mince, cherry, peach. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for all of us to stop what we’re doing. We don’t go to work or to school. We just visit, get caught up and enjoy good food.
One of my favorite things is when we circle up for the blessing. Papa usually says it because he does such a good job of it. And, it gives us great pleasure to see the younger generation follow his model. Everyone loves his blessings and prayers, but I think everyone will remember the Thanksgiving you gave the blessing. In 2009 when you were 6 you announced that you wanted to give it. You gave the most wonderful blessing. All of us there were so proud of how you jumped right in and “carried on the tradition” of giving the blessing. That’s what traditions are, to be carried on by the younger members of the family.
This year we will be at Grandma Ellen’s. We can’t wait for Papa to bring you and Mommy in from the airport in time for a mid afternoon Thanksgiving meal. Will you please say the blessing again? You see, it will be a very special blessing to have you here and have you give it. It would mean a lot to Papa and me if you would say it again.
Thanksgiving is a very American tradition and giving thanks is certainly a tradition passed down from Papa’s family and Grandma Ellen’s family. Even when Grandma Ellen and your great grandfather, Papi lived in Mexico, they still cooked a turkey and celebrated Thanksgiving. No matter where Americans are in the world they give thanks on Thanksgiving Day.
I love you very much. Keep up the good work,
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