Thanksgiving is next week, and hopefully we will take time to be thankful. As an elementary student, we all learned about the first Thanksgiving and what it meant to the early settlers who were brave enough to come to a new country. Without them, where would we be?
Several years ago we had the privilege of visiting in Virginia and we especially enjoyed Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. We got on the ships (replicas of those first ones) that made the journey, and I am here to tell you, those were some very brave people. I went below and sat down in the ship where they stayed with the supplies. It definitely was not the cruise ships of today.
I probably would still be living in England today if I had to come over on one of those ships.
No doubt they had a hard time once they landed, and many did not survive, but thank goodness they stayed with it and here we are today.
We can enjoy a nice turkey and dressing dinner with all of the trimmings.
I am afraid the Thanksgiving tradition of family gatherings is not as popular as when I was growing up.
We lived only a few doors down from my grandparents during my early years, and I was in and out of their house at least once or more a day. But there was something different when I went in on Thanksgiving morning. It may have been the aroma of the turkey cooking or the pies all lined up on the counter, but I knew it was a special day.
Aunts, uncles, cousins and friends gathered for Thanksgiving. The men were at the table, and the kids were placed around folding tables to eat. I don't remember the women sitting. I guess they ate.
I don't know why Thanksgiving was always a special day to me, but it was. After we had children, we would always make it to the houses of his parents and mine during Thanksgiving Day, doing lunch at one and dinner at the next.
I have very fond memories.
Holidays are great, but they can be a lonely time for people who have no one with whom to share them. It is not much fun to cook for just one person. Let's look around, and if we know anyone who is going to be alone on Thanksgiving, we can invite them to join us. We can take time to deliver shut-ins a nice Thanksgiving meal.
One year my sister and her husband were going to be alone on Thanksgiving, so they volunteered to help serve lunch at a shelter. It may not be the Thanksgiving of my memories, but when we help others we do not have time to worry about ourselves.
I always think of Thanksgiving for good food, family gathering and the last day of rest before the Christmas season kicks in and keeps us going until Dec. 26.
Whatever you do on Thanksgiving, try to find something to be thankful for.