Friday, November 28, 2008
Three Kernels of Corn
It is a family tradition that on Thanksgiving Day while gathered around the feasting table, each plate has three corn kernels placed on it for every guest to reveal reasons for gratitude this year. We then take turns - one person at a time with one kernel at a time being held in hand - to give public thanks for a specific reason we have been touched this year. Then the kernel is dropped into a communal bowl and passed along to the next person. Sometimes our comments generate laughter, and sometimes misty eyes follow these comments. Three kernels is not enough. It has been a rough year with the death of Mom, a house that won't sell, and a few health issues here and there, but the positives have far outweighed the negatives. I hope you have many reasons, too, for being thankful in 2008. Please know that your presence in my life is much appreciated.