Here’s a fun, old Thanksgiving poem that you might enjoy:
A Thanksgiving Tale
They sat on a shelf in the pantry-way cool.
Said Pumpkin to Mince Pie, “You crusty old fool.”
They squabbled and each of them thought himself best,
Till Pumpkin said, “Wait for Thanksgiving — the test.
I’ll bet you my pie plate that I’m eaten first;
While you, sir, uneaten with envy will burst.”
Thanksgiving Day came, and along with it, John,
Who ate everything his keen eyes fell upon.
“A piece of each one,” Said this lad to the pies;
And, then I’ll determine which one wins the prize.”
But Johnny, alas! was unable to tell.
For Johnny felt suddenly, — not at all well.
Those wicked, old pies had continued their fight,
Till Johnny’s poor tummy grew pained at the sight;
And Johnny said tartly, both pies were so bad,
No worse one than either could ever be had.
But I think to myself that young John was mistaken.
‘Twas mixing his pies so, gave Johnny that achin’.
Ellen M. Ramsay (American Cookery, November, 1919)
33 thoughts on “A Thanksgiving Tale”
Wonderful! Johnny would have had even more of an upset tummy at my grandma’s house. Every Thanksgiving, she produced pumpkin, mince, and apple. Now that I’m in Texas, I’ve turned to pumpkin and pecan, with an occasional coconut cream thrown in.
mmm. . . They all sound sounds – even if they might give Johnny an upset stomach. 🙂
Cute! I’d never heard that one before. Not pumpkin nor mince meat for me please…chocolate or pecan would do nicely! Happy Thanksgiving!
Personally I’d take some Cherry Pie. Happy Thanksgiving!
That was a good ol belly laff! Perfect for feast day.
I’m glad you enjoyed this post.
Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
That is a good Thanksgiving poem. It’s pumpkin flan for me.
Pumpkin flan sounds lovely.
And it gets better each day.
Sheryl, A huge smile on how Johnny felt suddenly unwell. What did he expect? Funny and cute. Parts of life have not changed much in 100 years. Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s nice to hear that you enjoyed this tale. I also had a big smile when I first read it. It’s a fun story.
Such a cute vintage poem, Sheryl!
I liked the author’s sense of humor. It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed it.
Keep smiling, Sheryl!
Happy Thanksgiving! The fun turkey and chef image made me laugh.
That was their job!!
I also thought that it was very clever. I liked how the author pulled the tale together.
Thanks. I am the only one for miles around who likes mincemeat pie. Sadly if I ate the whole one by myself Johnny and I would have a lot in common.
You’re not the only one who likes mincemeat. I asked my husband what kind of pie he wanted for Thanksgiving, and he said mincemeat, so that’s what I made.
I would be right over if we lived closer!
😂 loved it! Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving 🍁
You’re welcome. I’m glad you like it. Happy Thanksgiving!
I pulled a Johnny this afternoon, and tried all the pies. I regret nothing.
🙂 Works for me.
I ran out of time or I would have had both pumpkin and eggnog pies. Instead I’m going to make the eggnog at Christmas. Good thing the ultra-pasteurized nog is good until Feb 2021!
Eggnog Pie sounds wonderful, and perfect for Christmas. Sometimes I can’t quite get my head around how far out expirations dates are these days- but that’s another story. 🙂
This has me smiling.xxx
It’s nice to hear that you enjoyed this tale.
I love that!
I’m glad you liked it.