This month has certainly gone by fast. It is hard to believe that next Thursday will be Thanksgiving.

This month has certainly gone by fast. It is hard to believe that next Thursday will be Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving, first and foremost, I am thankful for my wife, Tina, daughter Lynn, my parents and other family members and friends. I am also thankful for my career here at the paper, along with my health.

Years and years ago when I was in grade school, I remember the students made turkeys out of construction paper, colored them different colors and then the teacher put them up on the walls of the classrooms. Before we were dismissed for the Thanksgiving holiday, we could take them home to our parents so that they too could put them on the home walls. I bet you that my folks – and other parents of my friends – still have those construction paper turkeys in a safe place.

There were a lot of good memories at the Higdon household during Thanksgiving. I remember waking up on Thanksgiving morning, usually around 8 a.m., and smelling the turkey being cooked. As I awoke, I made my way into the front room, where the TV was on, with the parades.

The parade consisted of floats and huge balloons such as Snoopy, Batman, Disney characters, and, you can’t forget, my favorite frog, Kermit the Frog.

Dad sat by Greg and me to watch the parade, and Mom came in while cooking the traditional bird. As noon approached, the table would be set for family members who came to the house. Shortly after noon, we all gathered around the dinner table, carve the turkey and eat it. There is nothing like turkey on Thanksgiving. Along with the turkey, we had mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade rolls, salads and stuffing.

And we can’t forget, the pumpkin pie with Cool Whip.

Retiring to the front room, we watched some football and if the weather was just right, we went outside and have a miniature football game.

Some Thanksgiving days were filled with sunshine, while others were filled with snow flurries or even a brisk wind.

As I close this column this week, remember what you are thankful for this holiday season and be careful out on the road if you are traveling.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at