This Year Is No Different, But It Is

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.


Tom & Nancy, 1972.

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.


About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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12 Responses to This Year Is No Different, But It Is

  1. Loved Alice’s Restaurant. What a lovely way to remember and celebrate the lives of your dear friends.

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  2. Osyth says:

    What a lovely tribute to two who gave you so much and who are celebrating in another room this year. Together, which is rather nice. *you can get anything you want at Alice’s restaurant*

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  3. I had my fill at Alice’s Restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed it thank you Ray, and thank you Tom and Nancy. That’s a fine bunch of cameras they have there! Happy Thanksgiving.

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  4. P & J says:

    Loved this photo of Tom and Nancy! What a wonderful tradition in memory of your dear friends.

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  5. Beautiful post Ray. Happy Thanksgiving

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  6. maidsdayoff says:

    Every year since moving to the St. Louis area in 1999, my husband and I make the 4 1/2 hour drive to the Chicago suburbs on Thanksgiving morning to spend the holiday with my family. I know the exact mile marker when I can finally get WXRT on the radio – the radio station of my youth and young adulthood. You would love it – they are still a local independent station with real DJs who pick the songs. Every year, at 11:00, shortly after we get within range, they play Alice’s Restaurant. It’s become as much of a tradition as turkey and stuffing. 🙂
    BTW, you can listen to WXRT online. You should check it out.

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