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REFLECTIONS: Nov. 27 — A Good Thanksgiving

A GOOD THANKSGIVING

By Annie Douglas Green Robinson

1842-1913

Said Old Gentleman Gay, “On a Thanksgiving Day,

If you want a good time, then give something away.”

So he sent a fat turkey to Shoemaker Price,

And the shoemaker said, “What a big bird! How nice!

And, since such good dinners before me, I ought

To give poor Widow Lee the small chicken I bought.”

“This 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 give Washerwoman Biddy my big pumpkin pie.”

“And O sure” Biddy said, “Tis the queen of all pies!

Just to look at its face gladdens my eyes!

Now it’s my turn, I think: and a sweet ginger-cake

For the motherless Finigan children I’ll bake.”

“A sweet-cake all our own! Tis too good to be true!”

Said the Finigan children, Rose, Denny and Hugh;

“It smells sweet of spice, and we will 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:

“O what a bootiful, bootiful, bootiful cake!

And O, such a big slice! I will save all the crumbs,

I will give ‘em to each little sparrow that comes!”

And the sparrows, they twittered, as if they would say,

Like Old Gentleman Gay, “On a Thanksgiving Day,

If you want a good time, then give something away!”

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EACH ONE OF YOU! COUNT YOUR MANY BLESSINGS!