Winter Park, Florida.   A sunny day and my mother left for work early this morning.    Her nursing shifts change every week and this week she work days; 7:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m.   which means she will be home and we will have Thanksgiving Dinner together.    So, my job for the day is to peel the sweet potatoes, fix the salad and put the turkey in the oven at 1:00p.m.     My brother has to do some outside chores, empty the trash and run a load of laundry.   We both will sweep the floors, dust the furniture and clean the bathroom.      I am thirteen years old and my brother eight years old.    It has been three years since our Father died and we moved from a small town in Virginia to Florida.   My mother works at two different hospitals and doubles her shifts so she will earn enough money to pay the bills.     We have a very nice neighbor next door whose wife died a year ago and he lets us sit on the swing on his front porch and shows us how to sand wood cut outs in his workshop.  The house is on a nice street with lots of trees and I have a piano.   There is a grapefruit and a mulberry tree in the backyard and we have a white long haired cat named Topsy.     We go to a small Christian school and I am in the 8th grade.

People from the church came last evening and brought a box of groceries and some clothes.    There was canned food, a turkey, and some fresh vegetables for making salad.    The box with the clothes was my favorite and I am wearing the dress today that someone gave me.  It is brown and gray checks with a cowl collar and a black belt.      My mother cried when the lady brought the groceries and the clothes.

The turkey is starting to smell good and we are almost done with the chores.      Mother will be home soon.    My mother is a good cook.

Happy Thanksgiving
Peggy and Tony



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One thought on “THANKSGIVING – 1951

  1. I am so glad you wrote this up. It is fascinating to read as it was to hear you tell the story this Thanksgiving! Thank you!


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