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   Posted 11/24/2016 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Hope everyone has a great holiday today.

I am thankful for this forum and all the wonderful members here as well as my friends and family.

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Tim Tam
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   Posted 11/24/2016 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
UA:

For the past few days, I've been meaning to look up a verse that I had seen many years ago, and was now thinking of again.

I forgot to look it up on the net, but your entry and my looking at the clock every few minutes for my son's family to visit here on Thanksgiving reminded me of it.

After looking for a few minutes, I thought, "I don't know if I'm going to be able to find this or not," but I did after a few more minutes.

Here's the poem.

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It Was Grandfather's Birthday

by Rudy Joe Mano (reprinted with permission)

It was Grandfather's birthday. He was 79. He got up early, shaved, showered, combed his hair and put on his Sunday best so he would look nice when they came.

He skipped his daily walk to the town cafe where he had coffee with his cronies. He wanted to be home when they came.

He put his porch chair on the sidewalk so he could get a better view of the street when they drove up to help celebrate his birthday.

At noon, he got tired but decided to forgo his nap so he could be there when they came.

Most of the rest of the afternoon he spent near the telephone so he could answer it when they called.

He has five married children, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One son and a daughter live within 10 miles of his place. They hadn't visited him for a long time.

But today was his birthday and they were sure to come.

At suppertime, he left the cake untouched so they could cut it and have dessert with him. After supper, he sat on the porch waiting.

At 8:30, he went to his room to prepare for bed. Before retiring, he left a note on the door that read:

"Be sure to wake me when you come."

It was Grandfather's Birthday. He was 79.

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   Posted 11/28/2016 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing Tim.

I Googled it to read more about the author as well.

Thanks again.

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Tim Tam
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   Posted 11/29/2016 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your nice reply, UA.

It was your note about Happy Thanksgiving that jogged my memory to look for that story.

It was the elderly person waiting for his relatives to visit on a special day, and they never showed, a story I had heard before, but now it was occurring in my life, as I kept looking at the clock wondering when they were going to arrive.

Then I went to the web and saw your note about Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and it jogs me to look for that story. But I didn't know the name of it. I just used some words that were familiar to me, and I couldn't find it at first.

Then I looked some more and there it was.

Oh, how did Thanksgiving turn out? I was still on the computer waiting for my son, his wife and two children to arrive, and I hear some people jumping on the trampoline, thinking that my son's kids.

I look out back, and it was the next door neighbor and her child jumping on the trampoline. I thought, if my son drives up in a little bit, it's going to look like the city park.

They drive up and I look out back, and now there is the neighbor, her child, and the mother's sister's child jumping. Then, my son drives up and my two grandsons, ages 5 and 7, are there and they're all 4 jumping.

A few minutes later, the adults are in the kitchen. I am standing 2 feel from the next door neighbor woman, the mother of one of the children, who attacked in some vicious way, that I mentioned was so dire I couldn't tell you about it.

And there she was, standing right next to me. If that's what it takes to get all of the kids jumping on the trampoline, it'll have to be OK.

So, as the senior citizen living alone, I get not one plate of food, I get 3. Whew! I just finished the 2nd one last night for supper, and now I need to send him and his wife a thank you e-mail, but I couldn't send it before I actually ate the food.

So, Thanksgiving went pretty good. Thanks for asking. How was yours?

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   Posted 12/3/2016 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you had a nice day Tim. Kids can brighten up things and make the place lively.

We don't have Thanksgiving holiday here.

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