It was very cold for the Pilgrims that first winter.
Food was in short supply.
Some days, they had only five kernels of corn.
When spring came, the Pilgrims planted the remaining corn.
The sun and rain helped the seeds to grow
and much food was harvested in the fall.
Every Thanksgiving thereafter, the Pilgrims placed
five kernels of corn beside each plate
to remind them of their blessings.
The first kernel reminded them of the autumn beauty.
The second kernel reminded them of their love for each other.
The third kernel reminded them of their family’s love.
The fourth kernel reminded them of their friends…
especially their Indian brothers.
The fifth kernel reminded them of their freedom.
This Thanksgiving, let us all remember the blessings of our lives.
Count the kernels, count your blessings.