Monday, November 22, 2021

Milliron Monday: Thanksgiving


Milliron Farm: Photo from the Smith Family archives

Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010
Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography (Monday Creek Publishing 2017), including his wife Jody (1938-2021). 

"Everything was over the top."

Thanksgiving should be revered for family ties - parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends. Last Wednesday I asked Jessica about her childhood memories of Thanksgiving...

"We always traveled to Mansfield, Ohio. We went to my Uncle Gary Franklin's and Aunt Aggie's house. Aunt Aggie gave us our Christmas presents on Thanksgiving. She had the presents all wrapped and packed so that we could take them home and open them on Christmas Day. Her home was impeccable - white carpet, etc.

Uncle Gary, who was a dentist, would do all of our dental work on Thanksgiving Day. Sometimes he would do dental work before dinner, sometimes after. Sometimes we were unable to eat.

My Aunt Aggie would make the meal. Mom helped in the kitchen. My Uncle Gary and my Grandfather Peter Franklin Haley would go pheasant hunting in the mornings. When they came in, we would eat. They all wished they were watching football, but Uncle Gary would haul us over to his dental office and crank away on our teeth."

I asked Jessica where her dad, Pete, was all this time. "He was either getting his teeth cleaned or sleeping. He would be asleep within seconds of being at the house. He loved eating Aunt Aggie's food - sweet potatoes with nuts, turkey. Everything was over the top."

As we journey to Thanksgiving Day, may we all find fond memories, sift the good from the bad, and make new memories. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.


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