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Willie, the cool dude of Haverhill!

A New England Tradition on Thanksgiving

November 24th 2010 7:25 am
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As Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I know it is a difficult time for so many with the economy and many struggle to make ends meet. It's been a hard year with illness, sadness and loss for others as well. Thru my sadness with Willie's loss, I have much to still be thankful for.

The friendships I have made these many years on Dogster have brought me such joy and given Willie and I an extended family to share our happiness with and grief as well. Please know how thankful I am for each and every one of you who have their way into our hearts.

We wish you peace and joy and much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season.

The Pilgrims had a custom of putting five kernels of corn on each empty plate before a dinner of "Thanksgiving" was served. In many old Plymouth families, the custom is still followed today. It is done on Thanksgiving Day, or on December 21 (the anniversary of the Plymouth landing).

The five kernels were chosen because prior to the first harvest things were so bad that the daily ration was five kernels of corn per person per day. Before you eat your Thanksgiving meal, think of the Pilgrim's and their customs, reflect upon your blessings.

Joni and Angel Willie


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Barked by: Muffin * Crazy Little Angel * (Dogster Member)

November 24th 2010 at 9:15 am

Aunt Joni & Angel Willie, you are so right...even though times are difficult, I am counting my many blessings this holiday season. Being lucky enough to have unbelievably wonderful & true friends like you is very high on my list. I've got a very special place in my heart with your names on it.

Many, many hugs full of love & gratitude to you...
Barked by: Buddy Morris (Dogster Member)

November 24th 2010 at 9:55 am

Thanks for sharing the Thanksgiving story with us. We are so thankful for all our pals here on dogster, like you!
Happy Thanksgiving Angel Willie & Joni!
Woof Woof, Buddy
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

November 24th 2010 at 10:43 am

As we too have found many times.. Blessings are not "material"

Love to you Joni....

Flicka ∆,,∆ & Lucas /..| Cleo (I.M.) ∆,,∆ & Pam X
Barked by: Sully & Socks Our Angel (Dogster Member)

November 24th 2010 at 11:34 am

Dear Joni and Angel Willie~

The five kernels of corn story is very moving and something for us all to remember...

wonderful friends here on Dogster have added joy (and, yes, sometimes shared grief) to our lives...

We have a roof over our heads and computers to keep in touch with all of our wonderful friends (who have many times proven more compassionate than people in the outer world)...

Our love of our dogs & other pets, here and at the Bridge, with the knowledge that one day we'll all be re-united...

Freedoms unknown in other countries...

and troops around the world to protect those freedoms (even if we don't agree with the various wars).

Yes, we all have much more than tangible things to be deeply grateful for.

You're in our hearts and we have struggled with you in our minds to accept the loss of Willie and our own loved ones with the knowledge that one day our own turn will come and we will be able to come to Dogster knowing that here there are people who really do care!

May the love and memories you shared with your precious Willie bring you comfort this Thanksgiving day.

Sully, Socks & Mom
Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

November 24th 2010 at 3:48 pm

Happy Thanksgiving!
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

November 24th 2010 at 5:52 pm

That was furry interesting, and a great way to make us think of just how thankful we all really should be!
Barked by: Jena, always in our hearts (Dogster Member)

November 24th 2010 at 10:52 pm

Aunt Joni, mom had totally forgotten about the five kernels of corn! She grew up in New England and did that as a child. Thank you for reminding her of that tradition; we all indeed should count our blessings and be grateful for them. Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Barked by: Amazing Grace (Dogster Member)

November 25th 2010 at 8:04 am

Aunt Joni and Angel Willie- Thank you for telling us about the 5 kernels of corn. We pray the love and precious memories you have with all those years with Willie bring you comfort this day. Happy Thanksgiving to you! xoxoxoxo Mazy and Gma K.
Barked by: ♥ DarlaMae ♥ (Dogster Member)

November 25th 2010 at 10:01 pm

Dear Auntie Joni & Angel Willie, What a beautiful tradition and lesson for us all. Let us All remember to Count our blessings not our troubles. Friends are a true blessing & for yours we are soo grateful. Surrounded with our love.
Hugs & Pokes, Darla xoxoxo
Barked by: In Memory of Butch (Dogster Member)

December 11th 2010 at 1:47 pm

Dear Joni I am so sorry about Willie I got your Christmas card yesterday and I feel bad I didn't send you one you had the right address you sent it to Miriam Vroman that is my mom and I am Donna I hope you remember me your kindess I remember when my husband died and my prayers are with you I lost two of my kitties last year so I do know how sadness effects you. Your friendship I cherish always and Merry Christmas Love Donna

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