“Lady” Mildred Allen was 102 years young when she passed a couple years ago. I had the divine privilege to share my music with her, and spend time discussing her philosophy and life experiences. She was from an era when the ‘hand-written’ letter was the proper method of communication. It was late October when I received her final letter. Aside from the kindness of her words, inside was a copy of a poem she had written called “Giving Thanks”. She was truly a remarkable woman, and I hope you enjoy this timely poem from a timeless lady.
Once a year- in the month of November
A Thursday to reflect and to remember.
To give God thanks for the Goodness around us
For family, friends, and food in abundance.
For the hardy Pilgrims of that long ago
Results of their labors – we’ve all come to know.
For our wonderful town – that has it all
Summer, Spring, Winter and Fall.
For all our rights in this Land of the Free
A democracy – that works for you and for me.
- -“Lady” Mildred Allen
Bless you Lady Allen. Today I give thanks for you and all that is good in this world. I also thank my friend Gary for the introduction. May this simple post help your memory and spirit live on. (Below: photo of me and Lady Allen; Copy of the letter)