Happy Thanksgiving! Over the coming days, I hope you find many opportunities to be thankful for, and share in, the many blessings you have. If you’re like me, too many days go by when we take all we have for granted. “All” being a relative term. Too often we forget the journey we took to get here and the people who helped us and traveled with us. To some extent it’s a shame that it takes a national holiday and big parades and big football games and big turkeys to remind us of this. On the other hand, its important enough to deserve all that. Thanks to our pilgrim ancestors for starting this tradition!
Of the memories I have (left) of learning about the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, it seems all the pictures depicted them sitting and gathering and feasting…outdoors. On big, wooden tables and benches cut from trees just days before. The original outdoor furniture! Food cooked over the open flame of a fire pit. The original outdoor firepit! Maybe, the first Thanksgiving was…the first Deck Party?
Seriously, Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to take stock in all the things we are thankful for. And a time to share our thanks and give back in return. Christmas follows right on its heels with another season of giving and sharing. Both of these holidays call to mind the giving spirit and we are afforded many opportunities to share that, both for those close to us…and for those not so close, who need help from other “giving spirits” to meet the exceptional challenges they face. Those challenges are closer to home for many of us due to the economic situation of the past year. So, where and how to provide that type of support and giving spirit, can become a challenge in and of itself. But, I came across this one the other day that is beautiful in its simplicity and thought I would share it here:
From Plymouth Rock to Des Moines, whether on outdoor furniture on your decks or on indoor furniture in your sunrooms, Happy Thanksgiving from Archadeck of Central Iowa.