Rest and be thankful: Quotations from Bartlett's about thanksgiving

Rest and be thankful: Quotations from Bartlett's about thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving began to mentioned in the broadcast and print media, I immediately started hearing complaints about how it will be a different holiday this year: relatives can’t come, or we can’t go to them; we won’t be able to eat together; we may not be able to get the usual treats to eat. It just won’t be the same!

It’s all because of The Virus, as I tend to write it in my diary and letters. If you can say that The Virus and its disease, COVID-19, have not yet cost the life of a friend or family member, count that as a blessing.

If there is any chance that you’ll see your usual Thanksgiving companions again, please count that as one of your blessings. Consider those of us who remember Thanksgiving Days — and so many other days — with people we cannot meet again in this life.

Missing someone temporarily is just practicing, folks.

But there’s not as much to do! There aren’t as many miles to drive or fly! What can we do with a Thanksgiving like this?

I started thinking of what I will do for Thanksgiving and realized that I want some guidance on how to give thanks this year. I got out one of my copies of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations — I’ve been getting accustomed to a 1980 copy passed along by a fellow blogger, but I haven’t abandoned my 1956 copy. I sat down and looked for some quotations about thanks, and I found enough for a series of posts.

The one I’d like to mention here is a bit of a paradox —  not just because it seems to be by both the ever-prolific Anonymous and William Wordsworth.

‘”Rest and be thankful.”

Bartlett’s says that’s from an Anonymous inscription on a stone seat in the Highlands of Scotland, but also the title of one of William Wordsworth’s poems.

So there’s nothing to do? Be thankful. You get a chance to rest. Be thankful for it.

You have happy memories? Be thankful for them. You get a chance to do something in your home? Be thankful for your home.

Rest and be thankful. This year and always, it’s good advice.

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  • Yes! There is much to be thankful for. Thank you for an inspiring and thoughtful post.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    You're most welcome. Thanks for stopping by to read it.

  • Reminds me of 2 other things:

    1. Plenty of news stories about smaller turkeys this year. Nothing new about that for me, especially that the Trader Joe's Turkey en croute is no good (one I might not have defrosted properly, but the other's breast fell out of the pastry).

    2. Sunset Foods has various sayings on the soffits of its stores, including "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." In the Northbrook store, they painted over "--Lucille Ball", and then in the Highland Park store they attributed it to "Author Unknown." However, the web attributes it to Lucy.

  • 1, A wardrobe malfunction at Trader Joe's?!

    2. Soffits is going to drive me to the dictionary on the way to Bartlett's to see what that says about the quote. I'll be back.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    1. I'm thinking about the implication of that, since I ate it.It also reminds me that in her chicken recuipes, Carla Lalli Music of Bon Appetit refers to "chicken bosooms."

    2. Soffit, in the context I used it, refers to the plaster over kitchen cabinets. My father thought he was clever in having sliding doors put into it. BTW, to get back to another topic. the etymology of dictionary is "book of words," not "book of enunciations."

  • In reply to jack:

    Don't worry about no. 1, I just wanted to make you laugh.

    I agree with what you mention about soffit -- I found the same in my dictionary..

  • P.S.My newer (1980!) Bartlett's does not have a single quotation attributed to Lucy. OHHHH!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    There is something online that calls itself "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations." Still nothing for Lucy. Nor for Will Rogers, who entertained so many people in an earlier era. Nor Bob Dylan. But there is some comfort in the lack of listings for Donald Trump.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Hm. Aptly put, "something online." I very much prefer the books in this case, I admit that the additions to the 1980 edition are far more fun than the omissions, as if by 1980 some things just weren't assumed as familiar any longer. Remembering when I first became mildly aware of Mr. Trump, I am not sure I want to see an edition later than 1980 for a while.

    (But I confess, the one quotation I went looking for FROM 1980 was a hockey one: "Five seconds left in the game.... Do you believe in miracles? YES!" )

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