Our Thanksgiving feast will take place on Friday due to scheduling conflicts with a couple members of our family. Today I have been preparing myself for the vast amount of food that I will prepare and serve. While going about my day, I often think of our ancestors and what they would think of this, or how they would feel about that. Today I am wondering what they were thankful for and how they celebrated Thanksgiving.
I came up with a few answers:
My great-grandpa Murphy would be thankful for the train that took him from Georgia to Kentucky to escape a trial he felt he was sure to lose.
My 9th great-grandmother Mehitabel would be thankful that she wasn’t burned, hanged or drowned as a witch in Ipswitch.
My 21st great-grandmother Marjorie would be thankful that at least her baby survived the terrible fall from the horse.
My 6th great-grandparents would be thankful that their children weren’t killed by the natives along side them.
And these are only the first four to come to mind. Looking at what these people would be thankful for should put things into perspective for us. I’m not trying to escape an unjust persecution, falling from horses or being killed by Native Americans. I believe we all have a lot to be thankful for.
What would your ancestors be thankful for?