A Thanksgiving meal prepared by Carolyn Joy Wright’s youngest daughter, Felicia, where all of Carolyn‘s fine China and Crystal, as well as her beloved dining room table was used for a family Thanksgiving at her country home in Susan Moore/Alabama… One last time.
Carolyn went to Heaven 7/29/2020 after suffering a major stroke on 7/22. That very day, a diagnosis also came in that had my mother at what they believe to be stage four non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Because of the stroke, and the level and intensity of the stroke, our mother would never be able to walk again, talk again, or be able to feed herself. Any kind of treatment for the non-Hodgkin’s would be fruitless. There was no other choice other than to say goodbye.
On November 21, Felicia and her family that included her husband, Marty, and her two children, Olivia and Ben, drove from Atlanta Georgia where she literally put on the “Thanksgiving event” of her life to honor her mother, Carolyn, and bring together her sister, Carolyn‘s oldest daughter, Dena, and while both of her boys were invited, only Trey was able to show up. Which for the sake of all things holy was super ok! ��
Many of Carolyn’s bakeware, cooking ware, utensils, as well as her home was used to prepare this dinner and serve on her China and Crystal on her beloved dining room table. Anything that had to be borrowed to prepare this meal, was shared from my mom’s friend and neighbor, JoAnn.
The China, Crystal, and dining room table as well as the hutch and buffet will be kept as heirlooms in the family and stored at Felicia‘s Atlanta home. Although these items are not high dollar, expensive high-end items, they are precious and priceless. And will be passed down to generations to honor Carolyn as she was always so proud of them.
Carolyn was a single mom to two daughters from ages four and six (and her 28). While my mother certainly was not hung up on her ex-husband, a.k.a. our father, my mother was never able to fully be able to handle the heartbreak of her family being broken up because our mother was always super into being a mom and wife. She did not like that her family was broken up, and it always hurt her so much that this is something that she had no control over… , and there are so many things I could write about with the incredible daunting task of raising two little girls basically on her own, I can tell you that she really did do the very best she could do. And I never really gave her credit for that up until now.
While she never made a lot of money and received VERY LITTLE help from the children’s father, she created Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas dinners that looked like they could be featured in a magazine. As a little girl, I recall all of our holiday special meals as we were wealthy. I thought we had so much, and I always felt very special when we would have these dinners. And I give credit to my mom for this. Her lace tablecloth, her candles, her China and Crystal, as well as how she pulled off everything… my hope, as her daughter, is that I was able to re-create this to honor our mom, and have a memory for my sister, and her son (one of them) one last time… A Thanksgiving Family dinner at her country home in Alabama before we sell it.
One Last Time!
Mom, this was for you. Thank you for always making our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners so special. When I was little, mom, I had no idea that we were so poor. Thank you so much for such a lovely effort. I hope this table, the dinner, and the family gathering one last time was something you could see from heaven.
We all miss you so much. I love and miss you, Felicia.