Kennedy and Thanksgiving are tied together

Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 05:08 PM.

But even if the Soviets folding their hand was an international quid pro quo of some sort, our president came off in the public eye as a hero wearing a white hat. Although I recall Truman and Eisenhower around the fringes of my mind, John Kennedy switched on my political awareness light.

Sometimes I think it’d be nice to turn it back off. Nowadays Washington seems filled with noises from political rats squealing and scurrying every which way. I should stop watching them.

So 50 years ago this year, our Thanksgiving was a bit muted. I honestly don’t remember specifics but guarantee that all of us ate with one eye on the television.

Without Facebook, Twitter, cable or email, TV screens were the sole focal point of America’s eyes, the only source of real-time events. Walter Cronkite spent so much time in our living room he became part of the family. Maybe I should check to see if any Gardners were mentioned in his will.

Although Thanksgiving has changed over the years, one facet hasn’t: I’m continually more and more amazed at my good fortune and am truly thankful for uncountable blessings.

My wife Ann cooks the traditional bird and trimmings at Christmas, but we’ve changed this holiday.  A few years ago we began a new family tradition exchanging turkey and dressing for lobster and shrimp salad.

The holiday is just as special, but now our Thanksgivings are on island time.



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