My Thanksgiving was wonderful!
I surrounded myself with family, the ones I love, great conversation and delicious food. I hope you did the same.
A great deal of controversy surrounding Thanksgiving this year. Many social media posts were stating Thanksgiving shouldn’t be celebrated, because of how the Native American Indians were treated. Should we celebrate a holiday that is a contradiction? There are some that think society presents this holiday as if the Native American Indians and the Colonists were in sync. We know they were not. We know the struggle! The oppressor oppresses.
Growing up my Thanksgiving celebrations never included any conversations regarding Indians or Pilgrims. Thanksgiving for me was about the family and the food. Food for the soul. Good food brings all people together. I remember cooking with my Grandmother learning to master pie crust and rolls from scratch. I remember being hushed and told to be still so the rolls can rise. My Grandmother told stories of yesteryears. Even in these stories, there was still no talk about Indians or the Pilgrims. My mother was there with us cleaning the collards and preparing the peaches for the peach cobbler. Since my parents were separated dinner with my mom and her side of the family was early in the day. Late in the afternoon, my Dad would come get me and I would have a second Thanksgiving with my Dad and his side of the family. No time for cooking, just good food and plenty of play time with my cousins. And still, no talk of Indians or Pilgrims or how horrible the Native American Indians were treated.
There are so many issues that we can look at and find the negative. Not to say you should not know the true history but perhaps on Thanksgiving Day, we can focus on our family and the people we love. We can make our own traditions and customs. My favorite is declaring what we are thankful for.
- Thankful I have the ability to love unconditionally.
- Thankful I am loved.
- Thankful for my children and grandchild.
- Thankful I was blessed with loving parents.
- Thankful for my entire family.
- Thankful for my health.
- Thankful I know God loves me.
What are you thankful for?