Old Gentleman Gray on Thanksgiving Day

Old Gentleman Gray on Thanksgiving Day

Nancy has made the reading of “A Good Thanksgiving” a part of our Thanksgiving tradition for as long as I can remember. She has some old flannel cutouts she made years ago when our children were little.

So in 2011 as she was getting ready to read it I grabbed my 5D2 and Rode Video Mic and filmed it handheld. This is my Thanksgiving gift to you, my readers. I would that all could be as lucky in marriage as I have been.

A Good Thanksgiving

thanksgivingSaid Old Gentleman Gray, “On Thanksgiving Day,
If you want a good time, give something away.”

So he sent a fat turkey to Shoemaker Price,
And the shoemaker said, “What a big bird, how nice;
Since such a good dinner’s before me, I ought
To give Widow Lee the small chicken I bought.”

“Such a fine chicken, oh see!” said the pleased Widow Lee.
“And the kindness that sent it, how precious to me.
I would like to make someone as happy as I.
I’ll send Sister Biddy my big pumpkin pie.”

“Oh my,” Biddy said, “ ’tis the queen of all pies:
Just to look at its yellow face gladdens my eyes.
Now it’s my turn, I think, and a sweet sugar cake
For the motherless Finnegan children I’ll bake.”

“A sweet cake, all our own! ‘Tis too good to be true!”
Said the Finnegan children, Rose, Denny and Hugh.
It smells sweet of spice, and we’ll carry a slice
To poor little lame Jake who has nothing that’s nice.”

“Oh, I thank you, and thank you!” said little lame Jake,
“Oh, what a beautiful, beautiful, cake!
And oh, such a big slice! I’ll save all the crumbs,
And give them to each little sparrow that comes.”

And the sparrows they twittered as if they would say,
Like Old Gentleman Gray, “On Thanksgiving  Day,
If you want to be happy, give something away.”

MARIAN DOUGLAS, in The Christian Advocate November 28, 1907

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