I have always found Thanksgiving a fascinating holiday as it conjures such diverse imagery in each individual. Ask family and friends gathered around this day to close their eyes for a moment and describe their thoughts on Thanksgiving. For some, the first image is of a grand feast with stomachs grumbling to the smells of Turkey and Pumpkin Pie. For others, it's a warm memory of falling asleep watching football with friends and relatives. For my grandmother, the image was always the warmth of the kitchen, guiding one of her grandchildren as they help prepare the meal while the kitchen was abuzz with family stories and conversation. For my sister (although she will deny it), Thanksgiving signals the start of the holiday shopping season she approaches with the glee of an Olympian sprinter kneeling at the starting blocks.
While we all may have different memories or images of Thanksgiving; amongst the hustle and bustle of the day, please join with me in spirit sometime next Thursday for a silent moment of reflection. A moment to give thanks for our families and friends, our lives and health and a prayer for those that may not be as fortunate. I wish you all a very safe and happy Thanksgiving and leave you with a few final thoughts on this holiday.
Turkey, Turkey, look at you,
Please be careful what you do.
Thanksgiving Day is almost here,
We eat turkey every year.
Go, hide out in the woods,
We'll eat pizza, as we should!
- Unknown Student
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
- Erma Bombeck
Thanksgiving, man! Not a good day to be my pants.
- Kevin James