It’s that time of year in the States,
In the Lane family, my mother was a Lane,
We used to gather in Lakewood, Colorado
At my Uncle Emmet’s house for the traditional Thanksgiving meal
And a huge candy centerpiece that they made that held the position of honor on the table.
My grandfather and grandmother, Albert and Sadie, were the head of this family
And so he got to carve the turkey, with a big carving knife and a knive sharpener near by.
Uncle Emmet’s family included his wife Louise, son Allen and daughters Karen and Christie (three more were to come along later)
Uncle Clark was the eldest son and his wife was Irma and three sons, Norman, Robert and Neal.
Uncle Howard’s wife was Ruth and there children were Jim and Judy.
My family was headed by lmy mother, Ruth Elizabeth (Betty), daughters Gladys and Donna and three boys, Lloyd (me), Ron and Don the twins.
Sometimes Neal and his family might come if they were visiting from Arlington, VA. He was in the Department of Agriculture and his wife was Mary, their daughter Patricia and twins John and Robert.
Margaret and her husband Monty, from Kent, Wa might show up for the summer Fourth of July gathering with a new Oldsmobile they drove back from Detroit with three sons and two daughters. He was a veterinarian there. Sons: Clark, Ted, Dennis and daughters: Emily and Mary.
The youngest member of the family, Albert, was inTucson at the University of Arizona and might come with his daughter Pamela.
No Thanksgiving passes without thoughts of that family gathering. All of the adults and some of the grandchildren are gone now.
But I give thanks for this family that stood by us when my father committed suicide and we moved back to Colorado from Coleridge, NE in 1950.
We were given a 1936 Buick Victoria to drive as we didn’t have a car then. We had to stop on a hll near Broomfield to refill the radiator to make it from Fort Collins to Lakewood.
In order for Thanksgiving to truly be Thanksgiving I must smell turkey cooking and take home leftovers.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with family memories.