My family and I do not celebrate many holidays, but one we do look forward to every year is Thanksgiving. Grandma brought her specialty, seven-layer salad. My sister Charity and my mom made turkey, mashed potatoes, and bread rolls. My youngest sister (who sells pies) made pecan, apple, pumpkin, and raisin pies, and chocolate chip cookies.
I made my super-fast homemade cranberry sauce and carrot salad, opened a can of green beans, a bag of frozen cream corn, and a can of pineapples, and set the table... This time, I adhered to tradition, resisting my e̶v̶i̶l̶ humanitarian urge to set paper plates in an effort to a̶v̶o̶i̶d̶ ̶w̶a̶s̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶d̶i̶s̶h̶e̶s̶ conserve water.
We enjoyed the company of Grandpa and Grandma Carson, my cousin Keith, and his girlfriend Deidre. As I wrote in my Family Dinner post last year, we always have lively table discussions. This year we discussed the upcoming election.
One person posited that the world would end if Trump were elected, as Trump's "shut up" remarks might not go over very well in negotiations with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. I commented that Trump is one of the few candidates who doesn't seem anti-Putin in his speeches.
Another family member says he's leaning toward Marco Rubio. Yet another says she'd just as well vote for the guy across the street as for any of the candidates. Ben Carson seems like a good man, she remarked, but he doesn't seem electable... (Who could not sound like a good man with a name like Carson?!)
After dinner and dishes, we settled down into the living room for our annual recording on what we were thankful for. It has been a good year, and who wouldn't be thankful after a meal like the one we had been served? One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is eating all the leftovers, so I was set to be thankful for days. But I'm most thankful for the love and salvation of Jesus Christ.
"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." --1 Thessalonians 5:18
Still think *you're* having a bad day?
I ran across this article while browsing through newspapers at the local historical society.
No matter how bad of a day you're having, there's always something for which to be grateful!
For what are you most thankful?