It was last night that I realized that this will be the first Thanksgiving since 1978 that I haven’t talked to Tom and/or Nancy Hartmann while listening to Alice’s Restaurant.
During my late teens and early twenties and when not away at college, I probably spent more time at their house than I did at my parent’s. I learned many skills from Tom & Nancy and we had a special bond at several levels.
Tom died after a short illness in 1995 (on their 25th Wedding anniversary) and Nancy died this past February. Their three children, two that I held as babies, are grown with their own families. How time flies.
Tom and Nancy introduced me to the tradition of listening to Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restuarant each Thanksgiving. I haven’t missed once and I still have the vinyl LP that Tom gave me.
Each year since I started blogging in 2010, I have mentioned Tom, Nancy and the song each Thanksgiving.
This year is no different, but it is.
I have never had a relationship with anyone like I did with Tom and I still miss him terribly. The least I can do is spend eighteen and a half minutes, one day a year in their honor.
Here is to Tom and Nancy, may their memories be eternal and I hope that wherever they are, they are having a Thanksgiving dinner that can’t be beat.