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To one and all, Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving, Netizens...


You seldom miss what you've seldom had.


Until recent years, I have not really enjoyed a Thanksgiving Day, simply because I was busily working as a long-haul truck driver. As a child I never had established Thanksgiving Day as a holiday, excepting for when my grandparents had us over for the traditional feast. Hence, after I left home at 17, it was very easy to overlook Thanksgiving Day in lieu of making a truck payment and pay on the insurance. Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas all paid double-time if a truck driver knew what he was doing.


Oh, sure, I had my share of turkey and dressing and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day, because there were always truck stops that gave away free meals to truck drivers here and there across this sand-blasted country, and for a time, it was nice to have a hot meal and someone to talk with.


However, the last fifteen years or so I have enjoyed a return to Thanksgiving, due to my wife, Suzanne, my stepson Scott and our granddaughters, for each year we have had a traditional Thanksgiving Day feast, complete with all the trimmings.


Last evening, our two granddaughters, their dad, Scott, Suzie and I all sat down together around the kitchen table and had a traditional dinner, consisting of turkey and dressing, gravy, potatoes, sweet potatoes and fruit salad. We toasted Thanksgiving and one another, and for a time, we were as one.


Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.



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