Monday, November 24, 2008


It's almost that special day for all us jolly Americans. It's the day for turkey and dressing, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the official arrival of Santa Claus. It's the day we set aside to thank God for all the blessings He's given us for the past year and to ask Him for His guidance for the year to come.

Several years ago I visited Plymouth, England, and stood on the spot where the Pilgrims stepped off onto the Mayflower and left for America. A little later I joined my fellow travelers for a little voyage around Plymouth Harbor. I tried to imagine what it was like floating off into the unknown, not knowing what was ahead. Looking behind at safe land and ahead to thousands of miles of open water. The seas were rough that day and I was tossed against an iron railing. I did not know until I returned to the States four days later that I had, in fact, broken my leg. Had the same thing happened on the Mayflower I probably would have, at the very least, lost my leg. How things have changed. How much we have to be thankful for.

There really are only two (that I can think of) holidays that are American-born: Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July. Maybe the whole world should set aside a day of thanks. I was joking with a friend the other day that, at my age, I'm losing friends faster than I'm making them. That's not really true. Thanks to the internet I have friends all over the US and the world. And I can share my Thanksgiving Day with them. Sorry, guys, that you're not here for the sweet potatoes and pecan pie. Cranberry sauce, Sister Schubert's rolls. But know that I'm here thanking God that you're there and that you're a pretty important part of my life. And to little Martha-Happy First Thanksgiving Day!

Here are some sites that I found that are pretty informative and have some pretty cool pictures:

1 comment:

Julie said...

Happy Thanksgiving Marian

I hope you are having a wonderful day with your family.