Welty on Wednesday: A Little Thanksgiving Reflection

On this Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day here is a little Thanksgiving reflection…

from One Writer’s Beginnings…

“Miss Duling dressed as plainly as a Pilgrim on a Thanksgiving poster we made in the schoolroom, in a longish black-and-white checked gingham dress, a bright thick wool sweater the red of a railroad lantern–she’d knitted it herself–black stockings and her narrow elegant feet in black hightop shoes with heels you could hear coming, rhythmical as a parade drum down the hall. Her silky black curly hair was drawn back out of curl, fastened by high combs, and knotted behind. She carried her spectacles on a gold chain hung around her neck. Her gaze was in general sweeping, then suddenly at the point of concentration upon you. With a swing of her bell that took her whole right arm and shoulder, she rang it, militant and impartial, from the head of the front steps of Davis School when it was time for us all to line up, girls on one side, boys on the other. We were to march past her into the school building, while the fourth-grader she nabbed played time on the piano, mostly to a tune we could have skipped to, but we didn’t skip into Davis School.”

Miss Duling was Eudora Welty’s first grade teacher.

I have always loved Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims in particular.

A favorite painting hanging in my dining room…

Pilgrims

can you see them there on the path…

Pilgrims

I like to think that they are on their way to the first Thanksgiving dinner…

Pilgrims

Via the Digital files of East Carolina University here is a handwritten letter Miss Welty sent to “Red” [Robert Penn Warren].

 She is thanking him for the best letter she ever received in “her whole writing life”,

written on “Thanksgiving, the right day for it”…

 

 

I hope that you are enjoying your preparations for one of my favorite days of the year,

Happy Thanksgiving!

dog in pilgrim costume

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