Thursday, November 27, 2014

JOHN CULLUM'S LETTER TO EMILY


John Cullum's "Thanksgiving" Email to Em:

I am from a large Southern family of which my mother was the matriarch, and every Thanksgiving was an big, exciting affair with aunts and uncles and cousins, some of which I only saw once a year. Emotions were high, and along with love and good spirits were moments of family squabbles of epic and frightening proportions that sometimes resulted in enduring resentments. This tradition still continues with my nieces and nephews and though we may not give as much thought as we should to the pilgrims and indians, it’s a time when our different families renew their connections to each other and that’s a lot to give thanks for.

But the most memorable Thanksgiving dinner for me was the one a young redheaded dancer made for me in her Artist In Residence studio in New York City. It wasn’t a turkey, just a large chicken, and it never occurred to me that this gorgeous girl could even cook, but boy, she could – all the trimmings, fresh cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes, vegetables and all. I could hardly believe it. There she was, the best dancer I had ever seen, gracefully whirling around a tiny kitchen, whipping up a dinner as good as any I had ever eaten, and all for me. Never had a Thanksgiving meal been made exclusively for me and me alone, and with such love. It was an experience I couldn’t walk away from. And I never did. I guess Emily decided if I was going to keep hanging around, she might as well marry me. Which she did.
John Cullum

Thought this might please you, Em. Your loving hubby.

EM EMAIL REPLY
holy minorka catfish what a loving darling hug thrill tickle delight this gives me. Very truly yours, your wife.

3 comments:

Ricky Gibson said...

Wow,what a beautiful story.you both knew a good thing when you saw it.happy holidays Em and John

Linda said...

How very lovely and touching! Happy Thanksgiving to you both. With love, Linda

Marcus Dandaneau said...

One of my favorite songs is by Kate Bush who's touring again I think for the first time in a long time. It's called, ("Oh To Be In Love"; pretty sure I think?). That about sez it all...you two. Thanks for the heartening window into the magic that descended upon you and wrapped you in the glowing arms of love; never to get out again. sez Marcus

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