Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. [Margaret Cousins]
A most memorable story of gratitude comes from the life of Corrie ten Boom. During WWII, her family was sent to a concentration camp for aiding and hiding their Jewish neighbors. The tent Corrie slept in at the concentration camp was horrifically infested with fleas, and yet, as she explained in the book The Hiding Place, she was grateful for those fleas. She thanked God for those fleas every single day.
Most of us with pets have had to fight a flea infestation at one time or another, but if you've never experienced that particular brand of hell, let me tell you, their bite induces a claw-your-skin-off kind of maddening itch.
So how could anyone be honestly and humbly grateful for an out-of-control infestation of those hellish creatures?
Because their presence kept the guards away, which allowed her the freedom to conduct Bible studies and prayer meetings.
Astounding, isn't it? The Bible admonishes us to be grateful in all things, but I honestly don't think I could ever live up to that example set by Miss ten Boom. Even so, we should try. Maybe not to give thanks for fleas, exactly, but to appreciate the many blessings in our lives. That being said, I'm thankful for you guys. Really. You are all bright spots in my life, and I'm grateful we met through the wonders of the Internet. I'm thankful for humor, too, even if it's sometimes inappropriate. (My bad)
Okay, how about some silly Thanksgiving riddles? They aren't even inappropriate...
- What sort of glass should you use to serve cream of turkey soup? A goblet.
- What's Alan Alda's favorite Thanksgiving dish? M*A*S*Hed potatoes.
- What do you call sweet potatoes that are very outspoken? Candid yams.
- If I have relatives with Mohawk haircuts, multiple facial piercings, and a bunch of tattoos, what should I serve them for dessert? Punk kin pie.
- Not only was my neighbor's turkey infected with salmonella, but she undercooked it. Guess what all her guests suffered the next day? Yup, 'fraid so. The turkey trots.
- The local restaurant served overcooked turkey, lumpy gravy, and cold mashed potatoes. Know how they advertised it? As the blooperplate special.
- NYC is placing tall bleachers up and down Broadway so spectators can get a better view of what slightly renamed event? The May See Parade.
- What famous play about a Thanksgiving turkey was written by Henrik Ibsen? Hedda Gobbler.
Okay, enough groaners for now. Time to count my blessings. Care to join me? Check out this video It'll put ya in the right mood.
And these cartoons are only a little inappropriate...
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.