What does Thanksgiving mean?
To the majority in the United States, Thanksgiving translates into jumbo turkeys, sage stuffing, pumpkin pies, loosened belts or afternoon sweat pants, friends, family, wine (some whining) and endless expectations of the perfect holiday. Good food and good family equals an overall good time.
But for all the anticipation–and preparation–Thanksgiving should be a day we take stock of those gifts we’ve overlooked, taken for granted, or dismissed as not even being a gift but a given. That means, even if your year hasn’t been the best, even if you don’t have a turkey, you should be grateful it wasn’t worse.
You can look at the lemons of previous posts and take them as a boon. Without the dark, we’d never recognize the light. We’d be ignorant of what good means. Understanding the value of friends, family, health, and prosperity would disappear.
And if you can read this post, be THANKFUL. Reading is one given we often overlook.
But how many people can’t read? Have you ever thought about that? I have, not as often as I should, but the thought arises. Reason being, I taught my three children to read, and it was a singular pleasure. The passing of the golden key.
Teaching my children their letters and a love of books is something I treasure. So is my home library that houses tattered favorites along with a wealth of primary source chronicles of Wild West American history, medieval research material, great American novels, jumbo coffee table books of art throughout the ages and maps. Spiritual classics have their own shelf.
But if you’re thinking I have some grandiose home, think again.
Our house is in the suburbs. It looks the same as any other—despite the romantic notion of singularity. The “library” was/is a gift, a result of dark times. My deep green happy space complete with cozy chairs and collectables is a reminder that struggles end and, while new ones await, it’s the acknowledgement of what matters that sees us through. So the front room that would typically morph into office space and/or storage for the best furniture in the house, houses the words of others.
“Reading is an invaluable skill that’s important to just about every aspect of our daily lives, from communications to the way we work to the food we eat,” Credit Donkey reports. But readers don’t need a study to tell them that. And yet we privileged often forget that, “The ability to read and understand text is something that children typically begin to pick up on beginning around age five or six, but for some, reading doesn’t click right away. If kids struggle with reading in their younger years, it increases the odds that they’ll do so as adults.”
I am so thankful to pass on that knowledge, and to enjoy the trials of others who worked dilligently to convey wisdom and wit to the benefit of people they would never know. So if you’re wondering about a Thanksgiving tradition to pick up—or a means to manage those fussy tots and often fussier adults consider this:
Read to your guests. Pass the gravy–squabbles may ensue if you don’t–but please pass on the seasoning of life that lasts a for generations if you let it. Read. Teach others to indulge. To appreciate it. And if my holiday offerings aren’t to your tastes, please, check out my fellow wordies, Ashley, Isabelle, Heather, René, and Lilly who may tickle your taste buds. I wish you all a HAPPY THANKSGIVING and encourage you to always…