Learning about Thanksgiving, then taking a break

Thanksgiving is almost here, so let’s take a moment to thing about how the holiday began.

Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday, first celebrated by colonists and Native Americans long before the United States was an idea. It marked a successful harvest, and a thank you to the Native American population for their help given to these newly arrived immigrants.

Quite a different reception than the one immigrants often receive in the United States today.

Don’t get me wrong; it’s a totally different world, and we need to have a measure of control over our borders. If not, we would be totally overwhelmed by the influx. Why? Because the United States is a so much better place to be than where these immigrants are coming from.

Many of us have known only American lives, with all its privileges and, yes, problems. Many of us haven’t experienced dictators, out-of-control (or, maybe worse, in total control) gangs, famines, war on the street outside our front door or similar issues. That’s what most of these people are trying to get away from, to find a safe and equitable place for their families.

Bottom line: We may not have everything we want, but most of us have everything we truly need. Let’s not forget to be truly thankful for our blessings. Our problems won’t go away anytime soon, but for at least this brief period (as the old song says), “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.”

Here’s wishing you a pleasant and safe Thanksgiving, and the hope that you won’t forget what it’s truly all about.

'Dead week' coming up

Anyone who has been to college is probably familiar with the term “dead week,” or some similar phrase. That is a period just prior to final exams when extracurricular activities are put on pause to give students more time to prepare for finals.

In the world of youth activities, we are approaching a dead week of sorts – the week of Thanksgiving, when most schools are closed and families are busy preparing for the holiday, making it difficult to hold youth meetings.

It gets a little harder to find things to write about. So you may see some unusual things in this space in the weeks to come, until the springtime activities start gearing up. Or sooner; our “Deadlines” area below shows some of them.

Upcoming events

  • “Welcome to Cookies,” for caregivers of girls who have never done Girl Scout cookie sales. 7 p.m. Wednesday (Zoom event). No fee. Registration deadline has passed; check with your council office for availability.

  • New Leader Learning Path (for adult Girl Scout leaders), 6:30 p.m. Thursday (virtual event). No fee, but must register by Sunday at gs-top.org under “Events” calendar. Questions: Shannon Spencer, 806-589-5950 or sspencer@gs-top.org.Star party at Lake Brownwood State Park, 8-10 p.m. Saturday. Park admission fees apply. Meet at softball field beside Group Recreation Hall. No lights, please (except red lights).

  • National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St., Abilene offers art activities each Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at no charge. 325-673-4586.


  • Wednesday for “Hour of Code Minecraft,” 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Virtual event; open to Girl Scouts of all ages and councils. $4 per person. Register at gsctx.org under “Events” calendar.

  • Saturday for service day at Girl Scout Camp Timberlake or Stevens Ranch. Come and go or stay all day. Bring your lunch. No fee, but register at gs-top.org under “Events” calendar. Heidi Vose, 817-869-7036 or hvose@gs-top.org.

Contact Carl Kieke at 325-673-3552 (voice only); or kiekec@suddenlink.net. Deadline is Monday for publication the following Monday.

This article originally appeared on Abilene Reporter-News: Learning about Thanksgiving, then taking a break