The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Thanksgiving 2011

By Elaine Slater Reese - Special For The Quill

It's turkey time again - that day when we end up being more stuffed than the turkey was. After the huge meal, we sprawl on the couch or the floor and watch football. Somehow we rationalize that all the energy we put into telling the teams how to play is actually our exercise for the day.

But do we think about giving thanks? There is an old hymn that states "Count your blessings - name them one by one. Count your many blessings - see what God has done".

This year why not suggest to all guests that after the meal there will be Thanksgiving exercise. (Of course, they will all groan!) At the appropriate time, hand out half sheets of paper and pencils. And here goes!

How many winter coats and jackets do you have?

What temperature is your furnace thermostat set on?

When is the last time you missed a meal because there was nothing in the house to eat?

Has your electricity ever been shut off?

How many vehicles does your family own?

Do you have some health issues but have not seen a physician because you have no insurance or money to pay for that?

When is the last time you ate fresh fruits and vegetables?

What can you not afford to do for your children?

Have you ever been unemployed and not able to find another job?

How many close friends do you have?

Have you and your family ever been evicted from your home?

Are you free to worship where you choose?

Yes, we all are living in difficult times. Situations have changed for many. What better way to give thanks than to be aware of how we have been blessed, thank our Maker, and then in some way share with others less fortunate.


Elaine Slater Reese is a freelance writer in Spring Green, Wi. who grew up in Hancock County - near Bowen, Illinois