Why do we set aside only one day a year to say thank you to those we love? The old children’s story about the Pilgrims and the Indians being the cause for Thanksgiving has fallen by the wayside long ago, Were the Pilgrims thankful that they survived the day with their scalps intact? I doubt they formed a close knit neighborhood group thereafter, or met for coffee once a week. But History does tell us that the Indians were helpful in getting the Pilgrims settled into their new homes, and we hear of no immediate property disputes between them, so all must have gone well at the dinner table.

Today we dutifully cook the same meal our forebears made traditional; turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and the ubiquitous pumpkin pie—whether we like it or not. It’s a tribute of love to family and friends. An opportunity to gather around a table and share not only the fruits of our effort, but tales of the past, and a reiteration of how much we love and appreciate one another. We tend to show love for others by feeding them, and if that is so, the enormous quantity of food at Thanksgiving must deliver a powerful message of love. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Author: kaytisweetlandrasmussen83

I am a retired fine arts teacher, sculptor/painter, writer, and a native Californian. I love my family,dogs, horses, movies, reading and music, probably in that order. I have been married forever to a very nice man who is nice to old ladies, dogs and children.

10 thoughts on “THE GIVING OF THANKS”

    1. We had a great Thanksgiving. Two in fact, since part came the week before and some of the others the day after the Day! And yes, I DID cook it all, in spite of vowing last year I would not do it again. Somehow it all happens doesn’t it? Hope your Holiday was splendid.


      1. Mine was good too, and no cooking for me this year! It was just my husband, me, and my two sons, neither of whom will eat stuffing or potatoes (what have I spawned?)–only the turkey. So I figured it wasn’t worth cooking and we went to a buffet instead!


  1. I hardly can believe that Thanksgiving Day is a week in the past — and tomorrow is December. My goodness.

    This was my first Thanksgiving without the whole deal, but a smoked turkey breast did quite well as a substitute. It was a lovely day, weatherwise, although a little warm. Still, our holidays vary from quite warm to frigid, so it’s the luck of the draw.

    I laughed at poor Charlie, sleeping for twelve hours after the festivities ended. It’s always exciting to have company, but it does wear on a body, just a bit!


  2. Thank you for his piece and for your happy Thanksgiving wishes. I did have a good Thanksgiving surrounded by the chaos of too many loved ones in too small a space — and nobody minding!


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