1. I like turkey as much as the next beef producer, but I am grateful to have grown up in a house where Thanksgiving meant beef. And that it wasn't until I was a teenager when I began to wonder what these "turkey day" traditions were all about. But I am a major fan of the leftover turkey sandwich, and the turkey itself. So there's that.
2. Thanksgivings with family around the table. I know; so obvious. But I will forever remember Thanksgiving 2011 as the last with my children and my parents around the same table. It was the last holiday where Mom was able to sit at the table. She directed operations and I worked the kitchen, and we pulled off a reasonably happy Thanksgiving. It came on the heels of a fall that saw Mom regain strength and independence, before the cancer began to take over again. Christmas was not as good. But that was a good Thanksgiving.
3. Food. And grocery stores with stocked shelves. And farms full of crops and livestock. We are a blessed nation.
4. Children who say wonderfully quirky things. Like this ditty from Caroline, 5: "When you feed a bunny, you should always keep your fingers back. And be careful because she can pee on you." Priceless words of wisdom, right there, from the five-year-old rabbit farmer.
5. John Spangler. (And yes: if you add those in, it makes 45. But let's not do that math.)
Wishing you all the chance to gather 'round the table today with your family and friends, to give thanks for an abundant harvest and a blessed life, no matter the circumstances of the past year. Happiest of Thanksgivings!
Five Things: The Series
- Day 1: Five Things About Five Things
- Day 2: Five Things I Loved About Growing Up on a Farm
- Day 3: Five Things Our Farm Boy Said
- Day 4: Five Things an Honest Farmwife Admits
- Day 5: Five Things I'm Reading Now
- Day 6: Five Things I've Learned as an Ag Journalist
- Day 7: Five Tips for Better Photographs
- Day 8: Five Things I Didn't Know When I Married a Farmer
- Day 9: Five Things I Like on My Desk
- Day 11: Five Farm Blogs I Love
- Day 12: Five Things I've Learned About Grief
- Day 13: Five Misleading Food Labels
- Day 14: Five Things to Love About 4-H
- Day 15: Five Things About Jenna
- Day 16: Five Ways to Jazz Up a Field Lunch
- Day 18: Five Places I'm Glad I've Been
- Day 19: Five Things Parents Do in the Back of 4-H Meetings
- Day 20: Five Things Farmers Said
- Day 21: Five Chapters
- Day 22: Five Things We've Learned from our Mothers-In-Law
- Day 24: Five Favorite Verses from the Bible
- Day 25: Five Things Farmers Need to Know about Consumers
- Day 26: Five Things about GMOs
- Day 27: Five Things I Want My Kids to Know Before They Leave My House