What do you do with pictures of people you’ve never met but who were special to someone you loved? It’s a icky, sticky, wicket to those of us who inherit our grandparent’s photos and memorabilia and guess what folks? As the eldest grandchild on my mother’s side of the family all those boxes and albums are in my possession and my siblings and cousins couldn’t be happier!
Hello people I don’t know. You seem fine and dandy and I do love your photos but I can only guess at who you are. Or were. Or are.
So what will I do with all these pictures of folks I don’t know? Invite them to some ghostly Thanksgiving seance so they can tell me their stories? What would you do?
And now – the truth about what really happened to Beauregard
I tried to think of a funny Thanksgiving story to tell but the only thing that came to mind was the year my father decided to confess at the dinner table. I believe his aunt Katherine was in attendance as well as his cousin Jim and recently widowed sister Helen Betty. And of course, his adult children. The table was set to perfection. The entrees ready to go. Everything … but the scalloped potatoes. They’d been delayed by Dad’s two inept and half-drunk divorcee daughters and we were in Deep Shit. The air was icy; the perfect dinner ruined and so Dad in some half baked attempt to save his daughters from eternal damnation rose and admitted he’d lied. On a recent hunting trip, Beauregard, his wife’s favorite basset hound, hadn’t been hit by a car and killed.
Dad had mistaken the dog for an elk and shot him dead. We tried not to laugh, we really did. Poor Dad. The things parents go through for their children.
Happy Thanksgiving – and please remember to turn on the oven before you start drinking the wine.