In a matter of days, most of us will be in a car travelling to Grandma’s, or worse, mother-in-law’s house to gobble up some turkey. Deep fried, baked, or tofu, there is bound to be a turkey there. Wouldn’t it be a strange American Thanksgiving tradition if we agreed with Benjamin Franklin on making the national symbol a turkey? Would we… no, too far. Bald eagles are majestic. Good call, Founding Fathers.
Let’s take a moment to think about what Thanksgiving means. It is a classic American tale that chronicles the trials of the pilgrims that travelled across the Atlantic to the New World. This was the land that promised a better life; a utopia. Little did they know that the New World would present such challenges with the weather, sickness, and their lack of survival skills. Thankfully, the Native Americans in the Plymouth Rock area were willing to assist and teach the newcomers all about their world. This peaceful and symbiotic relationship allowed for the first Thanksgiving to take place. People from different worlds were able to come together and work towards a brighter future.
Take this holiday to be thankful. Do not be ungrateful. We are blessed. Look around and appreciate all that you have rather than wishing you had more. The world can be a dark and dreary place, but if we open up our hearts and try to help others out, even if we don’t see eye to eye on every single detail, it can make a difference. Make someone laugh, be a shoulder to cry on, offer some of your time, because at the end of the day, it is not about what you have, but about what you offered.
Chelsea Bolt is a Indigo Sea Press author of the young adult novel Moonshine. For more information check out these sites: