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Thanksgiving, a very special holiday. A day to reflect on what we are thankful for. It is a day to spend with family, friends, neighbors and break bread together (if possible). It is a time to remember the many memories we all share with a special loved one, who may not be with us, but celebrating Thanksgiving in heaven. We still hold them close to our hearts.

It is a holiday where mostly everyone overeats, watches football and takes a nap. A time to relax and enjoy the company we have. Of course turkey Is the traditional meal, with stuffing, gravy, veggies, dinner rolls and lots of pies for dessert. Aha, thank goodness it only comes once a year.

I experienced one special Thanksgiving Day many years ago when my grandchildren were quite young. Every year, I go into my writings and read something that I wrote about that very special day. It goes like this.

It was foggy and misty and it was early evening while walking down the skidder trail through the woods. It was very quiet except for the raindrops that were falling off the limbs of the trees and I could feel the mist upon my face as I walked. I looked around at the trees that had shed their leaves and were prepared for winter, and they held a certain beauty in my eyes.

In the distance all I could see was the fog rolling in and as I continued to walk down the trail and as the pine trees grew closer, they seem to come to life. I cast my eyes upon the beauty of nature and gave thanks that I could experience beauty such as this. It was a serene moment and a time to remember.

I returned to my son's home once again by the skidder trail and entered a warm home with the laughter and the love of my family. When it was time to leave, we stepped out of the house and, to our surprise, the drizzle of the rain, the mist and the fog had disappeared! It was replaced with the falling of white snow flakes. Once again, a scene changed into beauty by the falling white snow and the thoughts that winter is finally here. On this Thanksgiving Day evening, we left behind tracks in the snow.

I awoke this morning to find the temperature outside was in the low 20s, but my wood stove was ablaze with a fire that kept my home warm and cozy. The boys were asleep on the floor all curled up in their blankets looking like angels and I remembered and thought, Dear God, Thank you for so much, for I have a lot to be thankful for.

I am truly blessed! I have the love of my family, a roof over my head and food on my table.

I will always remember that special day so long ago and relive it every year since.

Thanksgiving Day is Nov. 22, and of course on a Thursday.

Garbage will be collected on Thanksgiving Day.

Selectmen’s meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Town Office starting at 6 p.m.

Recyclables will be collected on the last Friday of the month, which will be Nov. 30. Please have your garbage out by 7 a.m.

Voice of Freedom

Crafters are needed for our annual Christmas Craft Fair, to be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Freedom Town Office, 71 Pleasant St. Tables are $10. In keeping with our theme, don't be a Grinch! We're also looking for donations for our silent auction. Mark your calendars and please come!