We don't visit people today, we invite them to join us. It is a chance to share what we have harvested this year. We don't raise our own turkey, because frankly turkeys scare the stuffing out of me. We do grow the veggies that will be on the table and can them too. So in a way we began our Thanksgiving day meal prep last spring when we planted the potatoes, beans, and other greens. We are also beginning to plan next year's meal. Now is when we start the garden plan so that by spring we will know what seeds to plant and when to harvest and can. It is also when I begin implementing the kidding plan for next year, so that there will be milk and butter on the table too.
The life that we live is different that the majority of people today who are several generations removed from the farm. We may not know the origins of everything on the table today but we know where most of it is from, and can even name the people involved with it's production much like those who sat down at the first harvest meal in Plymouth all those years ago. Like those at the first table we too worry that we will have enough to see us through to the next harvest. There are many things that I am thankful that we do they way they did and to experience today in a way similar to that first meal. But I will tell you I am also thankful for the fact that if I forgot something I can just run to the store and grab it, not go with out. Well it is now time to go put the finishing touches on the meal and then to get ready for the evening chores.