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A traditionally gloomy November ushers in the holidays

November 25, 2009
November is coming to a close. It has been unseasonably warm and seems more like September but, the weatherman is predicting a drastic change along about Thanksgiving Day.

Many years ago on the British Isles, it was believed that November had an evil influence on the minds of its people because of its monotonous, dreary days. November has been considered the gloomiest of all months, with dull skies and fog. This morning is quite foggy.

But, November ushers in the holidays with Thanksgiving just around the corner. I do remember one Thanksgiving when my brother Floyd and family came from Flint for Thanksgiving dinner. Before the day ended, Red had to get the tractor and pull them out of a snow bank down on the corner of Hough and Shoemaker Roads. Let's hope we don't have a repeat.

Many interesting events have occurred in November. In 1577 Sir Francis Drake ended his round-the-globe voyage. In 1635 the original settlement was made in Connecticut. In 1681 was the first sighting of Halley's Comet. In 1731 Benjamin Franklin started the first circulating library. In 1783 our first post office was founded. In 1789 we celebrated our first Thanksgiving Day. In 1842 Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln were married, in 1860 he was elected President and in 1863 he

gave his Gettysburg Address. In 1869 the first college football game was played. In 1918 World War I ended (the war that was to have ended all wars). In 1926 the National Broadcasting Company had its first network. All of these interesting tidbits are from a well-worn book, "All About the Months" by Maymie R. Krythe. At one time one of the farm magazines had a

book club and it was one of their Family Bookshelf Selections.

I have saved a column written by outdoor writer, Gordie Charles. It is called, "Let's be thankful for Michigan." He speaks of being thankful for our many clear, blue lakes, the roaring rush of thousands of streams (although I wasn't thankful last August 9 after being flooded out of my home). Of being thankful for the four seasons in the woodlands, thankful for the wildlife of forest and field. Thankful for the waterfowl and the long wavering wedges of geese, winging down the ancient flyways (I loved watching them when living on the farm). Gordie ends by saying, "Thanksgiving season

means being thankful for all that we have all year long. We are extremely rich, all of us. All we need do is to open our eyes to see our real wealth." To that I add, "Amen!"

May you have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving...and do give thanks.

— Country Cousin

Gertie Brooks is a lifelong Almont area resident. A 'farm girl,' Gertie is the premier historian for the Almont area, and frequently offers her memories and first-hand accounts in her 'Country Cousin' columns.
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