Friday, November 19, 2010

5 Kernels

This evening, Daniel and I were eating dinner with with Rosalee and Steve (my in-laws), discussing the day and sharing cute "kid stories" My mother in law is a wonderful teacher who puts thought into every word that is spoken to her children. She told me a story about the Legend of the Five Kernels.I had never heard this story and was immediately hooked. Posted below is the story. This simple story will remind you of the struggles that the Pilgrims and Indians endured. This year, our family will share in the same tradition passed from the Pilgrims. Enjoy and Blessings to all this Thanksgiving Season!


It was very cold for the Pilgrims that first winter.

Food was in short supply.

Some days, they had only five kernels of corn.

When spring came, the Pilgrims planted the remaining corn.

The sun and rain helped the seeds to grow

and much food was harvested in the fall.

Every Thanksgiving thereafter, the Pilgrims placed

five kernels of corn beside each plate

to remind them of their blessings.

The first kernel reminded them of the autumn beauty.

The second kernel reminded them of their love for each other.

The third kernel reminded them of their family's love.

The fourth kernel reminded them of their friends...

especially their Indian brothers.

The fifth kernel reminded them of their freedom.

This Thanksgiving, let us all remember the blessings of our lives.

Count the kernels, count your blessings.

1 comment:

Robin said...

Love this- what a great, tangible way to remind ourselves and our families to be thankful for all we have!