Here is a bit of what Loraine wrote in her letter to Sig that day:
Enjoyed your letter very much, dear. You spoke about it being cold down there [Riverside, CA]. Believe me, it is freezing here [Monterey, CA], too. So much so that my hands feel like pieces of ice when I get away from the fire. And we have had a cold wind blowing, too. We are going to ride over to Salinas early this aft while the sun is shining and it isn’t so cold. Doesn’t seem a bit like Thanksgiving today. And to think that just the three of us have to eat a nice big turkey all by ourselves. If I could send you some I’d do it in a minute. I wish it had been possible for us to be together today but guess we can’t always have everything we wish for.So I know that Loraine was home with her parents that day while brother Wilton was somewhere else – college, probably. And sounds like the extended family would not be gathering that day. I wonder what everyone else was doing.
As I looked through some of the photos I have, I found a couple that look like Thanksgiving to me. I’m not sure who set this beautiful table or who would be sitting at it but it looked so Thanksgiving-like to me. I visualize my ancestors all gathered around enjoying the delicious meal that someone had prepared. Can’t you just hear the laughter and the stories? Oh to have been a fly on the wall at that special meal.
I’m thankful for so many things in my life right now but I will take just a moment to say I’m also thankful to have discovered these treasures so I can continue to learn about my family who came before me and shaped me into who I am today. Enjoy the special day with your family and friends – Happy Thanksgiving!