Thursday, November 22, 2007

It's About Family


Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice,
An' eatin' an' laughin' with folks of your choice;
An' kissin' the girls an' declarin' that they
Are growin' more beautiful day after day;
Chattin' an' braggin' a bit with the men,
Buildin' the old family circle again;
Livin' the wholesome an' old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.
Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother's a little bit grayer, that's all.
Father's a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an' to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin' our stories as women an' men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we're grateful an' glad to be there.
Home from the east land an' home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an' best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We've come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an' be frank,
Forgettin' position an' station an' rank.

Give me the end of the year an' its fun
When most of the plannin' an' toilin' is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin' with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An' I'll put soul in my Thanksgivin' prayers.

----penned from the late and great Edgar Albert Guest


Sammybunny said...

That is a neat poem!

Anonymous said...

love the poem. I've seen that picture before, where did you find it and what's the name?

Apples of Gold said...

This is a lovely post!

Jane said...

I lov Edgar A Guest! Thanks for sharing the poem. I trust you have a good Thanksgiving.


Ashlie said...

This poem is so well-put! Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday! There's nothing better than getting together with family & friends to eat a delicious meal and visit. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Dear Anonymous,

This is by Norman Rockwell and I believe it is called 'Freedom From Want'.

Many blessings...

Jennifer said...

Love it love it!

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