As we spherical out our Thanksgiving weekend, which actually was an uncommon one with the entire pandemic protocols, we hopefully all have completed some reflecting on the various blessings that we do have.
The record of issues to be grateful for may be very lengthy and a lot of the gadgets, for my part, are ones that we typically take without any consideration. A kind of is our freedom – freedom of speech, faith, and the liberty to do most something we wish so long as we aren’t harming anybody.
I’m so glad that my dad and mom got here to America within the early Nineteen Fifties from Germany to the land of freedom and alternative – for them it will be the chance to farm and finally to personal a farm. They met in West Germany after World Conflict II, each having narrowly escaped from Russian-occupied Germany. They turned engaged whereas in Germany when Dad acquired a number of responses from an advert that he ran in an American farming journal searching for somebody to sponsor him on a farm in America. He arrived in 1950 and my mom adopted in 1952. They acquired married in 1953. They needed to work off their sponsorships and finally had been in a position to function a small dairy farm on shares for the proprietor/president of the then Financial institution of Le Roy.
In 1962, after I was solely 2, my dad and mom purchased the farm that we reside on nonetheless immediately. That farm has been such a blessing to our household. The dream of proudly owning their very own farm had come true and so they had been elevating three youngsters whereas working exhausting and having fun with their freedom.
These days of rising up on the farm had been memorable ones as all of us labored collectively milking and feeding the cows and rising and harvesting the crops.
Whereas rising up on the farm, Mother and Dad instilled in us an appreciation of the farm, their way of life, and their values. We grew up with so many German traditions – particularly round Christmastime – and so they all the time cherished Thanksgiving.
As a teenager, I simply cherished the outside and the massive wide-open farm the place I may roam throughout. Mother and Dad additionally cherished nature and God’s nice creation which by some means trickled down into me. I turned involved in birds and all issues nature and loved all of it as I grew up engaged on the farm earlier than and after college. The love of birds and nature stays with me immediately as I take pleasure in sharing my ardour with you thru my column in The Day by day Information.
So right here we’re with 2020 winding down a really fascinating and difficult 12 months in lots of respects. Sadly, we’ve misplaced so many family members to the pandemic and we nonetheless want to guard our most delicate and inclined associates and family. It is going to be a 12 months we keep in mind for a very long time and one which many will wish to neglect. Nonetheless, challenges will lie forward for us and this nice nation of ours as we transfer ahead. I’m involved for our nation’s security, freedom, and monetary woes, however on the identical time I’m so grateful for the various many blessings that we do have.
I hope that we are able to all work collectively to maintain our nice nation the shining star that it’s. I’m so grateful for a lot, that I don’t know easy methods to start thanking God – or the place to cease thanking God – after I say my prayers. We’re so blessed with this stunning world stuffed with nature, together with the birds after all!
So, on this season of Thanksgiving, appropriately heading towards Christmas, let’s all be humbly grateful for what we’ve in our lives and allow us to be conscious of those that are in want.
Hans Kunze is an avid birder and nature fanatic who has been writing about birds and nature for greater than 30 years. He writes for the The Day by day Information twice every month. Write him at 6340 LaGrange Rd Wyoming, NY 14591 or name (585) 813-2676.