Thanksgiving or a Harvest Festival has been around in one form or another since the first hunter-gatherer said, “Enough of this eating by chance. I’m planting stuff to eat in this piece of ground.” Then when the food stuff pushed through the soil and grew to full size, that person gathered the grain and vegetables and was thankful to whatever he deemed responsible for not having to go into the forest and feed his family by the luck of the draw. It might not have happened that way exactly, but I’m telling this story and I’ll imagine it my way. (I’m reasonably certain they did not speak English).
There are historical records that the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese (among others) celebrated a new harvest that would see them through the winter. At HarvestFestivals.Net, you can read about cultures who have celebrated this time of the year. You might be surprised that the Native Americans celebrated long before the Pilgrims arrived.
This year with the ordeal of Covid-19 upon us, we won’t be able to follow our usual traditions of having friends and family in for a “gluttonous” feast, but let’s be thankful that we have those friends and look forward to a time when we can resume our traditions and make new traditions in the meantime. There is, however, a glimmer of light at the end of this darkest tunnel we have been living through. And with all the problems of the past months: civil unrest, a election season that won’t go away, disease, and unemployment. [Well, that doesn’t sound like reasons for being thankful]
In spite of all the troubles, we can still pause and give thanks. I have made a list of 10 things that I am thankful for. I hope you can add to the common list in the Comments section below:
- I’m alive
- Nobody I know has been touched by the nightmare around us.
- I have good friends and family.
- I’m thankful for my friends in other places although I haven’t seen them in a while and don’t know when we’ll be able to visit again.
- Through social media, I have found new relatives and renewed acquaintances with cousins I knew in the past.
- I’m thankful for friends who have become family.
- I have the necessities of life, shelter, food, clothing, medical care, education.
- I have this little blog where I can reach out to others to inform or entertain as the notion takes me.
- I have a wonderful blogging mentor who has encouraged me along the way to getting started.
- I have a reasonably sound mind and even more imagination.
I am thankful for all of you who read my blogs and make comments. It is very encouraging to a neophyte like me.