What did I find at the Pumpkin Patch? I found out that I haven't grown up yet when I still get excited about watching a huge leaf flutter to the ground, or want to take home gnarly sticks laying on the ground, and was disappointed I couldn't ride the ponies before it was time to come home. Instead of sticks, I lugged a heavy set pumpkin to the car that my son picked out for me, squat and white, kinda like me.
Did you see the huge hog in the petting zoo? When we lived in Yreka, our four-generation ranchers would have the church over in the fall for a pit barbequed venison, and a hayride. The only warning was for the kids to stay away from the hog pen: they were so huge they could eat a man right up with a boy for dessert. Of course, where did my firstborn go for his thrills? The only thing missing were the pumpkins, but there was no crowd to fight and the fellowship was wonderful under the stars.
Sometimes you had to go shopping with a stick in your hand to ward off the garbage collector!
"Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house...there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings."
Did ye go to ye meeting house today?
"...and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some,
but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near."
Let everyday be a setting to be thank full.