Dr. Ray Augenstein
O’er the fields and through the woods to Grandmothers house we go.
With this new fallen snow covering the ground it seems like every time we leave the house that song comes into my head, over the field and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go. I was thinking about that as we traveled along to our destination in Clare. I remember as a child we used to go to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving or Christmas. But now that we are the Grandparents, our house is certainly too small to accommodate our huge family on holiday occasions. Usually we get invited to one of our children’s homes, but lately we have been enjoying our Thanksgiving meal at a local restaurant. Sometimes some of our children join us and we can enjoy visiting without the trouble of fixing
a huge dinner.
Our Christmas gathering is in a rented hall, where all the families bring something to the dinner and we Grandparents can just enjoy the company and good food our children fix. It has to be this way because we have over 100 descendants getting together for our family affair. Having so many sometimes causes problems in that we see children and strangers we don’t recognize. We would hope that it hasn’t become a community event, with an open door policy. However it is usually explained by one of the children that the intruder is a child we just don’t recognize because they have gotten older, or it is a boyfriend or girlfriend of one of our Grandchildren.
We don’t encourage giving or exchanging presents any more. Mainly because we have no more room left in our little house to put them. We even have things hidden in the shed that we haven’t seen in 4 or 5 years, we always plan to sort them out and dispose of the ones we don’t need but somehow we never get around to it. A couple of the tubs I did get into, found me laying aside various items with the thought that, I may need this or I can’t get rid of this it would hurt someone’s feelings. Of course we are not opposed to gift cards because we eat out a lot, since we don’t like to cook.
This song, “Over the fields and through the woods, to Grandmothers house we go”. My Grandmother never did live, over the fields in the deep woods. It made me think of the Witches house in Hansel and Gretel. Why in the world would Grandpa, build a house for Grandma, in their senior years, out in the sticks. That would really be an inconvenience. Maybe the kids built the house for them so they wouldn’t have to be bothered by them. I have taken some Amish to visit family in other states, and I observed that when the Grandparents got older, they built them a little house connected to the big house where the grandparents could stay and the children could take care of them. There is no over the fields and through the woods for them.
It’s a nice Christmassy song, as are all the others. But all I want for Christmas is for all my friends and family to have peace, Love, Joy and Prosperity, Shared with a loving family.
Dr. Raymond Augenstein PhD. was born in Michigan. He served in the US.Navy as a yeoman attached to the CID. He attended Bible college in California after military service, became a Pastor, Evangelist and Gospel recording artist. He continued studies to become a licensed counselor and earned a Doctorate Degree from The University of Michigan, after retiring from 42 years in the ministry. He is the former Supervisor of Hayes Township.