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The Texas Side Of Things

published: November 12th 2021
by: Jim Banner

Next week, we will all sit down with family and friends and hopefully, celebrate a traditional Thanks-giving dinner. Unlike last year when Covid 19 was on the rise and we were warned not to gather in large groups, I hope that everyone will sense things to be a little safer to gather and truly show gratitude for what we have been blessed with. Now it doesn’t matter if you eat turkey or beef, it doesn’t even matter if you have bologna sandwiches and chips, the point is we need to stop and cherish our friends, family and of course, the privilege to live in our great country. The good Lord provides us with so much every year and most of the time we take it for granted.
    I found an article written by Joan Frances titled “Early Settlers and Thanksgiving in Fort Bend County, Texas” and I thought I would share some of the information with you. She said that Governor George Wood, the governor of Texas at the time, proclaimed the first observance of Thanksgiving to be the first Thursday in December. This was because it was at the end of harvest and residents of the area traveled by foot, horseback, wagon and even boat to the main square of Richmond and Rosenberg, Texas. The celebration was a three-day festival which included singing songs, dancing and playing games. This was also an excellent time for area farmers and ranchers to trade livestock and grains from their harvest in anticipation of the winter months. The residents dined on ducks, geese, chicken, deer, beef, and pork as the main meats and corn was bountiful.
    Now, I’m guessing that the same kind of celebration happened across Texas but possibly the assortment of foods varied, depending on what was available in that area. The part that I thought was interesting is the fact that they celebrated for three days, instead of what we do today. We show up at lunch and leave three or four hours later and go home instead of enjoying the whole day of good conversation. The early settlers endured hard times, especially when it came to disease and illness just like today, but isn’t it interesting that they still took the time to celebrate and thank God?  No matter what the conditions were at the time, they were thankful to be living in the United States and to be alive.
    I think that’s the same attitude we should all take. We complain about our government, we are irritated that we can’t get supplies or replacement parts im-mediately, and we look down at people that have tattoos or different colored hair. I know because I’m one of you! But maybe this year I will look at others without being judgmental. Maybe, I won’t roll my eyes when the clerk at a store says that will take three to four days to get here. Maybe, I will get a tattoo that says “I love you Mom”. No, that’s not going to happen even though I do love her! Maybe, I will prepare a pioneer dinner and serve roasted squirrel and rabbit with Brussels sprouts…now I’m asking for too much change be-cause I can’t stand Brussels sprouts!
    This year when I sit down for Thanksgiving, I will give thanks that my family is safe, my health is good according to my doctor and there isn’t anything that I need that I couldn’t do without.  I’m surrounded by good friends, the freedom to accomplish whatever I want to try and I’m fortunate to work in agriculture. Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll!

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