1999 marked the end of a tradition
spanning 37 years and 28 Thanksgiving dinners.
During this time, two families gradually
became simply family.
Henceforth, the desire to be with children living
in other places will make gathering together
around turkey and pumpkin pie unlikely.
though separated by miles,
Carl, Ann, Erik, and Sidney
will always give a special thanks
each Thanksgiving Day
that afternoon in 1962 when
Carl leaned over the chain link fence and said "Hi".