Thanksgiving is just around the corner and hopefully we will take time to be thankful. We all learned about the first Thanksgiving in our elementary school days. The Pilgrims had turkey and were thankful for surviving in the new country. Without them, where would we be?
Our son and his family live in Yorktown, Virginia. We love to visit the family and visit the historical places all around. On one trip we actually got on replicas of those first ships that made the long journey. I went below and sat down in the ship where the early voyagers stayed with the supplies. It definitely was not the cruise ships of today.
I probably would still be living in England if I had to come over on one of those little boats.
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.
I can still remember going to Grandma's house and smelling the aroma of turkey and seeing all of the pies lined up on the counter.
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 did eat.
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 my husband Dale's parents and mine during Thanksgiving Day, doing lunch at one and dinner at the next.
I have very fond memories of past Thanksgivings.
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.
A lot of churches and organizations hold community Thanksgiving dinners. They should be commended. I think it is the company more than the food that makes the day special.
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.
I think if we stop and think about it, we all have a lot of things to be thankful for.