Around the holidays I often wonder about my Great Grandma Callie and how she and her family must have celebrated their holidays. I don't know how they celebrated. All I remember is my Great Aunt Bertha (GG Callie's daughter) saying that her Mom used to save up left over biscuits and make the best turkey stuffing ever. They were a very close family.
My Mom was raised by GG Callie and I know that a lot of the way I was raised came from GG Callie. So, in a lot of ways I feel very close to the past ways of doing things. Great Grandma Callie was born the year after the Civil War ended in 1866. I always think that must have been a very thankful family Thanksgiving 1866 to have her Dad come home safe from the war, a new baby in the family and to have the war over.
We always seem to be going through some kind of hard times. I remember the atom bomb drills at school in the 1940's, laying in bed hearing planes pass over and being sure they were going to drop bombs, hearing the all clear siren every week in the 1950's, the Korea, Russian and China scares, and now 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan and the terrorist threats.
Yes, lots of bad things have happened, but I'm thankful and grateful for all the good things, for my family, for people working together to build our country, for tolerance, for caring, for generosity, for understanding overcoming hatred and prejudice and for my blogging friends.
I have a hope that the worlds bloggers will bring about a world community, a family, that will make it much more difficult for countries to go to war, to hate, to blame or misunderstand and fear the "other."