Working in second grade, I get an annual reminder, and history lesson, about the first Thanksgiving. Each year, it’s fun seeing the kids get into the art projects, this year is was clay pinch pots and pilgrim hats, while they learn about our national eating holiday. For those of you who could use a refresher course, this one’s for you.
The Pilgrims set ground at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. Their first winter was devastating, like a cold I can’t even imagine, and no central heating. By the following fall, they had lost 46 of the original 102 who sailed on the Mayflower. But the harvest of 1621 was a bountiful one. And the remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast -- including 91 Wampanoag Indians who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year. It is believed that the Pilgrims would not have made it through the year without the help of the natives, thus proving Bette Middler was right when she sang, “But you gotta have friends.”