Friday, November 4, 2016

Thanksgiving 2007

Events in this post occurred in November 2007.

The end of November 2007 we had some cool days and some rainy days – kind of typical Texas weather at that time of year. It must have been before global warming.

Thanksgiving was on November 22 in 2007. We had a family gathering on Thanksgiving Day at the bay home of Carl and Cheryn Clark. Their home at that time was in San Leon, TX just east of Dickinson where Kathi and I were staying. Everyone in the family liked going to the bay house. The living quarters were upstairs, as are most of the homes in the immediate area. They are built to avoid the high tides, especially during hurricane season.

Carl is Kathi’s older brother. A few of Cheryn’s friends and most of the Clark family were there.  All five of Carl’s sons attended that year, John, Dave, Rick, Jeff and Carl, Jr. Kathi’s mother Ginny and Jim were there and Kathi’s younger brother Larry and his family. It was good to see everyone.

Everyone brought a dish to share and Cheryn made turkey and ham to make a full meal. We paraded through the kitchen making our plates and enjoying being together. I had small portions of a lot of different food items. I returned later for a refill of my favorites. I remember seeing some of the other guests doing the same thing.

John and his wife Shanna and their two sons, Justin and Austin were moving to California and they were excited about the move. Their home west of Houston was already sold and they would leave for California on Sunday.

I always enjoyed sitting on the porch and listening to the waves on the rocks. The sea breeze was almost continuous and it felt good to be outside. The younger children liked throwing rocks in the water. We had a lot of good times at that house, before Carl and Cheryn moved to Oklahoma and sold it. I hope the new occupants enjoy it as much as we did.

Inside sitting at the kitchen table, sitting on the couch in the living room area or on the porch, everyone was in conversation and having a good time. It was a great afternoon.

Ginny & Jim Hathaway and Sheila Rauch (John, David and Rick's mother)

Jeff Clark in his leather jacket

John Clark and his mother Sheila

Cheryn and Carl Clark -- our Thanksgiving hosts

Andrea Clark and son, Matt

Larry Clark and John's wife, Shanna

Gail Clark and son Carl

Dave Clark and Arlon

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