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Over the river

Over the river

and through the woods

and over another river

and over the the newly-renamed bridge

to Grandmama’s and Grandpapa’s

Upper West Side apartment we go!

Happy Thanksgiving!

*  *  *

A Boy’s Thanksgiving Day
by Lydia Maria Child

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandmother’s house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood -
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose
As over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood,
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring, “Ting-a-ling-ding”,
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river, and through the wood
Trot fast, my dapple-gray!
Spring over the ground like a hunting-hound,
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood -
And straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go extremely slow,
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river, and through the wood -
Now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

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8 Responses

  1. Happy happy Thanksgiving Becky! Have a safe trip back home and an extra slice of pie on my behalf :)

  2. Hi Becky – I just wanted to say thanks to you for all the inspiration over the past year – I may not comment as much as I used too, but I’m still here and so very thankful for you!

    I hope your trip rocks –

    Penny

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Becky!

  4. Hello,

    Admittedly, this IS your blog but I do hope the tide of political rants and posts will subside a bit now that the election is over, and return to point.

    Yes, the election process is very important, especially local ones, but this slant detracts from your delightful, informative and educational content. No doubt this blog has served as an outlet for your own political concerns, so far from home, but I look forward to a return to “normal.”

    And to answer your mental questions: You have NOT attacked my candidate(s), but this blog is a respite of clear thinking and content in an otherwise blighted blog world. No offense intended!

    Happy Holidays.

    Back to the books,

    –Curious

  5. Suji, Penny, and Vivian, I hope you all had wonderful holidays with your families. Thanks so much for the good wishes!

  6. lurker, as far as subsiding, quite possibly not,

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/12/03/comments-crisis.html

    And this IS “normal”, for Farm School at least. I write about what we discuss and study and read, since the only real point here is discussing, studying, reading, and learning. Happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas!

  7. Becky,

    Thank you for the kind reply. Isn’t life funny?!

    Keep the lessons coming.

    Safe Travels (and politicking!)

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