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Thanksgiving, by Citizen Writer: Alma Womack
American Citizen 11/25/2021 8:00 AM


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“There's a turkey in the icebox, there are pies upon the shelf, there are donuts in the pantry, but I cannot help myself. When I go into the kitchen, I will hear somebody say: ‘You just wait until tomorrow, it will be Thanksgiving Day.’” I learned this song in elementary school, and it has always been my favorite Thanksgiving song from back when we use to really celebrate and appreciate Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving used to be a real holiday here in America and in our part of the world, the rural South. We honored the Pilgrims and Indians who saved the Pilgrims from starvation by showing the newcomers how to plant crops and what to plant to have food to get them through the long winter months. We did Thanksgiving drawings and had plays honoring our ancestors and we celebrated that they were able to adapt to this new world. We had special programs at church to honor our ancestors and that first Thanksgiving celebration.

Thanksgiving Day meant going to the camp after the big feast for a few days of deer hunting and it was a ritual in itself. There were probably football games then, but we could hardly be expected to stay inside and watch a ballgame when there was so much else to do.

Relatives came for the big dinner, so there were plenty of cousins to organize for games outside after the feast was done. Thanksgiving was respectful and fun, too, and then as now, it meant one month until Christmas. It was a magical day, with all kinds of possibilities for a good time.

These days, I don't think Thanksgiving is held in the same regard as it was back in the late 50's. There's still a lot of food, football games, and getting ready for the deer hunt, but the real reason for the holiday is that it seems to kick off the Christmas season's buying frenzy. Personally, I miss the old Thanksgiving when we acknowledged our debt to those Englishmen who crossed the ocean to have a better life for themselves, and to the Indian tribes who aided the Pilgrims in their time of need.

Since Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks to our Creator for all of our blessings, I started to think about the little things that I am thankful for but seem to take for granted, here in the year 2021. I made a short list to share with our readers, and encourage you all to make a similar list.

First of all, I am thankful for family and friends. People make living worthwhile, and even though we sometimes take them for granted, in the long run, it is our families and friends that provide us with the reason to live.

I am thankful that I am able to worship our Creator freely, He who has indeed blessed this nation. But our country's turning away from God in the last few years has me worried that His blessings may not continue as before. We are not upholding our part of the deal: if we worship, obey and serve God, He will protect, provide and deliver us from our enemies. It is certainly a bargain that has worked since our country was founded, but is not guaranteed if we turn away from His truths and teachings.

I am thankful that I live way out in the country where my little ones have plenty of room to roam and have adventures, and I can have a yard full of dogs and no neighbors are inconvenienced by their barking or digging or trespassing. Also I can have my grateful chickens that lay eggs for me to use in my cooking, and feeding them is a chore that JG can help me with.

I am thankful for running water, indoor plumbing, and electricity, for although it is a distant memory, I can remember houses with none of those luxuries. If made to choose, I would keep running water above all other improvements that we have over the old way of life.

I am thankful that farming is a mechanized industry now, and does not rely on men and mules to get a crop in and harvested. The old way of farming may have seemed picturesque, but it was a hard way of life, and people “wore out” early. Give me a tractor over a mule team any day.

Also, I am thankful for good health care, at least for now, and for all the medicines developed to help us get through what at one time may have been a terminal illness. Tylenol and omeprezoleare two great inventions of the modern world, and I depend on them daily.

I never thought I'd say it, but I am thankful for computers and the information that the world wide web has given us. I can read magazines and newspapers from all over the world, just with a few clicks of the mouse. It is beyond phenomenal to someone like me.

Most of all, I am thankful to live in the South in the United States of America, the last great hope of the world. Even though there are those in power who wish to marginalize the greatness of our county, there are still millions who think like me, and will never accept the ravages of the government now in power. For those citizens and patriots, I am thankful.

I pray that God will continue to bless our USA, for despite its shortcomings, it is still a great nation with the most generous and kindhearted people anywhere.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Alma M. Womack



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