Fresh Air

Ex­pe­ri­ence the joys of coun­try life in this reader roundup.

Country - - CONTENTS - ALEXAN­DREA LAR­SON Han­cock, Michi­gan

Thanks­giv­ing Day

My grandma one time told me that she thought when she was small Thanks­giv­ing Day was just about the nicest day of all. Her fa­ther hitched the horses to the sleigh, and through the snow, Around the hill, across the brook, out to the farm they’d go. Un­cles, aunts and cousins who had come from miles and miles Were wel­comed by her grandma’s hugs and spicy smells and smiles. They gath­ered around the ta­ble, and her grandpa bowed his head And said a bless­ing, soft and low, and this is what he said: “We thank Thee, Fa­ther, for this food— the chance to meet again, And for our friends and loved ones, bless them each and all. Amen!” I sit and lis­ten qui­etly un­til her story’s through. And then I say “I’m thank­ful for a grandma just like you!” Grow­ing up I wanted to be a city girl, but liv­ing in the coun­try is such a bless­ing. I love my chick­ens, acreage and watch­ing the leaves on the trees grad­u­ally change color.

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