Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!


Plimouth Plantation

Our corn [i.e. wheat] did prove well, and God be praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good, but our peas not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sown. They came up very well, and blossomed, but the sun parched them in the blossom. Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.


Edward Winslow ~~~ 12/12/1621

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It wasn't the "First Thanksgiving," which you can read about in some detail
here, and the Pilgrims were hardly Pacifists or purveyors of the benefits of multicultural diversity, as you can read here. But one of them,Digory Priest, was my ancestor and, although he didn't last long, he more or less got me here, and leaves me today with the sense of the Pilgrim journey, any pilgrim journey, as one of faithfulness to relentless challenge. So while our family celebrates tomorrow in Chicago and Portland and Cincinnati, we'll raise a glass to Mr. Priest and his family and friends, who could never have imagined what they were setting in motion.

8 comments:

Cynthia said...

Be proud of that heritage, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Lisa :-] said...

It's hard for me to fathom that there was European civilization on these shores almost four hundred years ago. And you descended from that! Very cool!

Happy Thanksgiving, Robin and scattered family! :-]

Carol said...

What a strong heritage that has served you well. Happy Thanksgiving!

Songbird said...

I hope it was a good Thanksgiving for your family, in all places!

PPB said...

I hope it was a great thanksgiving!

Kathryn said...

Happy Thanksgiving! My boys were already talking about and looking forward to the celebration in 2021 when it will have been 400 years.

Paul said...

Massasoit was a day at the beach compared to Metacomet.

Laura said...

Your roots go back a long way! Thank you, Digory, for having children who had children who had children....