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Turkey and Trimmings with Flu Shot

My father’s been gone 20 years but lately I think about him more and more.  (See Saying Farewell to a Special Guy,   My Dad and the Word Processor)

His birthday was November 26  and we’d  always celebrate it on Thanksgiving at my folks’ house,  with several aunts,  uncles and cousins  around the table.

My dad was a GP who practiced on the ground floor of our house.   Every year as our guests arrived they’d stop in his office for a flu shot from my dad,  and then head upstairs for my mother’s turkey.

Her turkey always delicious,  and his flu shots  – always painless!

RetroFlash / 100 Words

– Dana Susan Lehrman                                     

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Love this, Dana. My dad’s birthday was Nov. 23. It frequently fell on Thanksgiving Day. He’s been gone 31 years and, like you, I think about my dad a LOT! I miss him so much. He wasn’t a doctor, just a very sweet guy, full of homespun advice. My kids never knew their grandfather, so I try to tell them about him. May their memories be a blessing.

  2. Suzy says:

    Cute story, Dana. I love the idea of everyone getting flu shots on the way to Thanksgiving dinner. However, I can’t resist pointing out that by my count it is 117 words, so not technically a RetroFlash.

  3. Marian says:

    Beautiful story, Dana, and what a great idea to give the shots before Thanksgiving dinner. Your father’s memory lives through you and the stories.

  4. Sweet story, Dana. Reminds me of the doctor who made house calls when I was a kid. It was always very comforting. Nice that your Dad got to be one of those.

  5. John Shutkin says:

    Lovely story, Dana. And it is interesting, if not surprising, that we both thought fondly of our doctor fathers in response to this prompt. Must be something in the vaccine, no?

  6. Laurie Levy says:

    Your Dad and my middle daughter have the same birthdate, so we also celebrated her birthday on Thanksgiving. I love the picture of you and your father.

  7. I just loved this cameo — including the pic of your dad — and the image of him sitting in his office pumping relatives full of vaccine pm the way upstairs. Your mom and dad look like wonderful people!

    • Thanx Charles, they were. Of course over the years there were the unavoidable family conflicts, but I have no regrets and no doubt of the abounding love in our home.

      I realize what an enviable relationship they had, not always the case in the crap shoot called marriage!

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