Happy Thanksgiving

The fourth Thursday of November in the USA is Thanksgiving Day. Although celebrated for many years, the day became an official federal holiday when President Roosevelt signed the resolution on December 26, 1941.

If memory serves (which is questionable these days), the first Thanksgiving was celebrated between the misnamed Indians and the Pilgrims. They shared food and enjoyed each other’s company. Or so the story goes.

In my family, we like to go around the table at dinnertime on Thanksgiving and say what we are thankful for. Every year it’s the same. My family, my health, my career, etc. Each of my seven-year-old twin grandsons recites a list of everyone in their world, including dead pets, and the list grows each year. But we are patient. It’s good to have them focus on how much they have.

Maybe this year I will consider something different.

  • The woman who waved me on when no one would let me enter the traffic.
  • The man in Walmart who reached up to get a jar of pickles I couldn’t reach. Then winked at me.
  • Then there was the store employee who led me around the store to find exactly what I was looking for, even though she wasn’t too sure herself where it was.
  • I was made happy by the man in front of me in the coffee shop drive-through who paid for my coffee.
  • The kids who helped me catch my dog when she raced from the front door.
  • The couple who turned in the purse I left behind in my shopping cart to customer service.

It’s the little things in life that make it pleasant or not so pleasant. I tend to focus on the pleasant and offer it to others whenever I can. Perhaps during these trying times we can do a little bit more for our fellow man (oh, I think I’m in trouble for wording it that way.)

It doesn’t have to be much. Handing a dollar to someone who’s short at the register might be the best thing that happened to them that day.

Be kind. Be thoughtful. Be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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