The blessings we share
Thanksgiving is truly an American holiday, first observed on the fourth Thursday of November 1621. A small band of American Pilgrims were overjoyed with thanks to God for His protection getting them through the first winter and blessing them with their first bountiful harvest.
The depth of its meaning would be incomplete without pausing first and giving thanks to God for the blessings we share as American citizens. Not many places are left where family and friends can assemble without fear of retribution and enjoy the bounty of their harvest – a delicious meal of smoked turkey, cornbread dressing and all the trimmings.
I’m proud to be part of a close-knit family that builds special memories through family vacations, holiday celebrations and frequent pop–in visits.
I’m thankful I live in a country that was founded on democratic principles and remains a beacon of freedom despite countless attempts to undermine its strength.
My military experience and patriotic mindset are disturbed when I see the American flag waving and hear the national anthem being played. The men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in America’s defense are my heroes.
The clean air we breathe and the safe water we drink are just as important to our well-being as a bountiful supply of healthful food and a wide array of prescription medicines.
We are privileged to live in a small town that has a top-notch education system, well-managed utility services, safe environment, easy access to modern medical services and well-stocked grocery stores.
We also live in a community that places a strong emphasis on quality education. Student test scores typically rank above the national average, and we are among the top 10 education systems in the state.
The protection and safety of citizens are the objectives of adequately staffed and equipped police and fire and rescue departments.
Other amenities include a multi-purpose civic center, water park and special needs–accessible playground.
Our community is also blessed to have active churches of most denominations. Thousands of congregants faithfully practice their faiths at these houses of worship each week and offer a variety of outreach programs to the community.
We’re also thankful to live in a community that lives out its slogan, “The City of Southern Hospitality.” The welcoming attitude of Hartselle folks was well spoken by these words on a Highway 31 sign some years ago: “If you lived in Hartselle, you’d be home now.”
These are just a few of the reasons I’m thankful to be a Hartsellian. I’m sure you can add others. Whatever they are, happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.