Tuesday, November 20, 2012

With Thanksgiving

    My favorite holiday is upon us.

It is time to stop, take a breath and remember what we have to be thankful for.

Many years ago I was invited to dine, a few times, in the home of an affluent woman in the small town where I was attending college.   We would gather in the parlor and await to be called into the dining room.  The butler would announce dinner and we were escorted in to be seated around a long banquet table.   Standing at the head of the table our hostess would ask everyone to be seated.   Servers stood behind us ready to answer our every need.

Before taking her seat she would ask everyone to join in giving thanks.
With a strong and clear voice she never hesitated to think of what to say next.  The prayer was always brief and to the point.  She first gave praise and then continued by giving thanks never asking for anything.  She always ended her prayer by giving thanks for "bread on her table and the roof over her head".

I was very young and thought how odd that this woman who was surrounded by so much would give thanks for things so simple, so trivial, as bread and the roof over her head.  It was later I learned these things  I had never needed to worry over,  food and having a home, were not always a certainty  for her.  I have never forgotten that prayer nor the sincerity with which it was offered.
It was a lesson of sincere gratitude so gently taught.

There is children's prayer we sang at the school where I taught in Nashville.

Oh the Lord is good to me
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me
The things I need
The sun and the rain
And the apple seed.
The Lord is good to me.

Yet another reminder of the simple blessings we so often take for granted.

And so as Thanksgiving Day approaches I give thanks for the many "things" with which I  have been blessed, but mostly for my precious family and simply for having bread on the table and a roof over my head.  And, I am always grateful to each of you who build me up with your visits and comments.

Happy Thanksgiving!
(I'll be back in a few days)

Miss Rose passed away shortly after I left that small town. 
 I have heard her home, the roof over her head,
 is now on  the Cane River Plantation tour.


  1. a beautiful prayer...the little things really are not little!
    happy Thanksgiving.
    be blessed.

  2. Hi Bonnie,

    I just popped in to wish you and yor family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

    I hope that you all have a lovely day.


    x Fiona

  3. Love this Bonnie . . . my teaching years included the Johnny Appleseed song/prayer too.
    Happy Thanksgiving . . . you have a beautiful, grateful heart.

  4. Bonnie,
    You are such a kind and gentle soul...I am truly thankful for the words you write. I remember that same prayer from when I was little. What a wonderful memory...I just sang it outloud. :)

    Hope you and your family have a beautiful thanksgiving. xo

  5. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

  6. Lovely story - have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. Hi Bonnie. We don't have Thanksgiving here in Australia, but it looks like it's escaped the vulgarity of Christmas, that it's still pretty real, to you guys in America. Nice.

  8. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! We used to sing that prayer at summer camp, and we called it the Johnny Appleseed grace. Fun memories!

  9. Such an interesting story, thanks for sharing Bonnie.
    Plantation living was certainly posh for the owners, not so much the help!!

    You are generous always in your kind comments, your family must be thankful for you just as we your blogging friends are.

    Warm hugs - hope your day was splendid in every way.

  10. I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving!

  11. What a wonderful story/memory, Bonnie! You always remember the beautiful details! i hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  12. Bonnie,

    I loved your tribute to this great departed lady.