People all across the country are getting ready to head somewhere en masse, all for the sake of a turkey dinner and a piece of pumpkin pie! If your plans include planes, trains or automobiles, know that you are not alone. Some 48 million Americans, one million more than last year, are planning to travel over the holiday. 43.5 million are expected to travel by car. As the old Perry Como song goes, “From Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific!”
We promise you that there will be little traffic around Peninsula Community Library if you are looking for a quiet place to hang out next week! We are open Monday through Wednesday, closed Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, but open Saturday, November 26th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In fact, if you are staying on the Old Mission Peninsula over the holiday, we invite you to bring the family on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. for a showing of the hilarious film, “Shaun the Sheep.” We will have coffee, muffins and juice for the kids. The movie is rated PG.
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In the meantime, we invite you to join us for Story Stew tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., Pageturners book discussion tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. (“Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain), and Gentle Yoga on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. We are a busy place!
When one of my daughters was about three years old, she came to the sudden realization that the turkey had once been a living thing. I do not think she understood, however, that it was no longer as it sat in our freezer awaiting the big day. As often as she was in the kitchen, she would open the freezer, pat the plastic-wrapped frozen turkey lovingly and announce to it, “Poor Mr. Turkey! They are going to eat you up!” Slam would go the freezer door again.
Today, she is an avowed vegetarian. Tofurkey anyone???? Years before, her older brother was taken on a pre-school trip to a turkey farm. Now, I can tell you for certain that a turkey farm is no place to take a bunch of four-year-olds the week before Thanksgiving. An oblivious preschool teacher – from downstate, of course and not one of our great TC people – marched the little ones by a virtual mountain of turkey heads. Unlike his sister, however, my son loves meat. Pass the gravy, please!
I wish you safe journey if you are traveling next week! Please know that we at Peninsula Community Library are thankful for all of YOU, our patron family! Visit the library’s website here.
There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays
“I met a man who lives in Tennessee and he was headin’ for
Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie.
From Pennsylvania folks are trav’lin’ down to Dixie’s sunny shore,
From Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific.
Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays,
‘Cause no matter how far away you roam,
If you want to be happy in a million ways,
For the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home!”
Composed by Robert Allen, Lyrics by Al Stillman, 1954