This is one of my favorite holidays. (I love food, what can I say?) There are holidays that are all about presents, there are holidays where we get to hurt people by forgetting them, there are holidays where people divvy up by religion – but Thanksgiving’s biggest warring camps are “turkey!” and “ham!”
Now, I’m not saying we don’t get heated defending our tofurkey.
But Thanksgiving is the least petty holiday, the most psychologically healthy holiday (a day to think about how lucky we are! We’re alive, hopefully we’re healthy, hopefully we have a full tummy and a full heart – and some of us have a whole lot more blessings than that!). Yep, the homeless, orphaned, and far-from-family folks still have some pangs of sadness, but the homeful folks are so much more likely to open their hearts and doors on Thanksgiving than on, say, Christmas or mom’s birthday.
It’s a day of thanks, and a day of giving. And I’m thankful for both. When the food is gone, the warmth of thanks and of giving will still be there. I have a lot more than just food to be thankful for. I won’t list them all, but, since this is the Mamma Goat blog, I do want to say thank you to our customers, friends, and supporters, and thank you to the mamma goats who make me feel blessed every day. (It still touches me when a goat lifts her leg out of the way to make it easier for me to milk her!) And huge thanks to Phil for doing so much of the grunt work in his spare time. Our farm would be done if Phil weren’t hefting the big bales of hay and sacks of grain that make up our mammas’ Thanksgiving feast.
I hope you and yours are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving, and enjoying the real riches of the day.
Love and thanks from all of us!