"But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that's what they mean by Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown."
So states the wise Marcy, in the children's television classic, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving". For those of you who grew up with the Peanuts characters---I owned Snoopy bed sheets, a rug, and numerous books, by the way---this story captures the essence of the holiday so well, and offers a timeless lesson in the importance of being grateful, and for recognizing the importance of friendship and fellowship.
In the next week, this 1973 classic will appear once again, and I'll take the time to watch it with my family, enjoying it even more now, for I will see my children get so much joy from this simple, yet powerful story. We'll get our popcorn ready, gather together on the couch, and wait for the accompanying jazz in the background from the Vince Guaraldi Trio to usher in the holiday. As I write to you now at the ripe old age of 48, I can't wait. Some traditions never grow old!
As we begin to prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving Break, and make our plans for travel, or for celebrations here at home, let me join with Marcy in recognizing just how grateful I am for our Community---each and every one of you. I am truly thankful for our being together, and for my "home" here on these 56 acres in Palmetto Bay. I am a lucky man.