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Carol Perkins: Have we leaped over Thanksgiving

Carol Perkins calls for an emphasis on Thanksgiving, especially for the being thankful part, for remembering family traditions. One her family stresses is pausing to go around the table and have each person tell one thing they are thankful for. This year, she's thankful for her recliner . . . and the ability to type, but most of all, she says, 'I am thankful for living in a small town where I know almost everyone and almost everyone knows me. The ease of small town living has kept me here all my life,' and that small town would be Edmonton, Metcalfe County, KY.
The next earlier column: Carol Perkins: Hate it when Guy is right . Posted November 17, 2013

By Carol Perkins

Have we leaped over Thanksgiving and moved straight to Christmas? Actually, stores nudged out Halloween very quickly in favor of Christmas. By the time the day arrives, we'll be hanging hearts in our windows and buying candy. What is the rush?

Food tips balance for favorite holiday for Guy: It's Thanksgiving

At my house Guy favors Thanksgiving over all holidays because there is food involved. He admits to waking up thinking about food and going to bed thinking about what he will eat the next day. Therefore, Thanksgiving is a very important occasion for him.

Like most traditions change as we all grow older, our Thanksgiving tradition is no exception. When once we had three places to be and three meals to eat in a day, we now have our Thanksgiving at our daughter's house on Sunday and then we drive to Texas to be with Jon and his family the week of Thanksgiving. I haven't cooked a turkey in quite awhile and I can't say that I miss it. What I do miss is the gathering of family under one roof. Those who are lucky enough to live within a few miles of family will likely gather for stuffed turkey, cornbread dressing, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Kids will play with their cousins and men will watch football while the women catch up on family news. Nothing replaces the sounds and smells in a house filled with family on Thanksgiving Day.

A Perkins family tradition: Go around the table and tell one thing each is thankful for

I like to have my family go around the table and tell one thing for which they are thankful on this day. They can't say the obvious like family and friends, so it is always interesting to hear what the little ones will say. Thinking of this made me ponder this week about the little things for which I am thankful in the area of making my life better.

Appreciates her recliner

I appreciate my recliner. It is my place of comfort for it is there that I kick back and watch "Project Runway" each Thursday night. It is in that chair that I read a book, read my newspapers, read my weekly People magazine, open my junk mail, text my friends, and sleep during the wee hours when the bed is no longer comfortable. When I stay in a hotel, I miss my recliner.

Thankful for my ability to type

I am thankful for my ability to type. I grew up during the era of typewriters, so like most my age I took typing classes in high school and became very proficient. I can fly on the keyboard without having to look at what I type-until later. I can talk to someone and type at the same time. I give my typing teacher, Ms. Ruth Bartley, all the credit. I can hear her now going through the sequence of the keys. Because of my ability to type, I appreciate the ease in which I can use a computer without the hunt/peck routine I see so many young people doing. If the house were on fire, I would grab my computer and tell Guy to pick up the recliner on his way out.

Most of all, thankful for living in her small town

Most of all, I am thankful for living in a small town where I know almost everyone and almost everyone knows me. The ease of small town living has kept me here all my life.

This Thanksgiving as you sit around the table, why not ask each one to share something for which he/she is thankful. The smallest details in life are sometimes the most rewarding. Happy Thanksgiving and rediscover all for which you have to be thankful. - Carol Perkins

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