In less than a week, it will be Thanksgiving. Currently, shoppers are heading to the grocery stores to purchase turkeys, hams, potatoes and other side dishes.

In less than a week, it will be Thanksgiving. Currently, shoppers are heading to the grocery stores to purchase turkeys, hams, potatoes and other side dishes.
Thanksgiving - like many of us - brings back fond memories of our childhood. When I was in grade school, I remember that students would make turkeys out of construction paper and color them different colors. The teacher would put them on classroom walls.
Before we were dismissed for the Thanksgiving holiday, we could take them home to our parents so they could put them on home walls. I’ll bet that my folks – and other parents of my friends – still have those construction paper turkeys in a safe place.
Inside the Higdon household, there were a lot of good memories during Thanksgiving. I remember waking up on Thanksgiving morning, usually around 8 a.m., and smelling the turkey being cooked. There is nothing like turkey on this day.
As I awoke, I made my way into the front room, where the TV was on with one of the parades. The parades consisted of floats and huge balloons such as Snoopy, Batman, Disney characters and my favorite frog, Kermit the Frog.
Dad would sit by Greg and me to watch the parade. Mom would watch 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 would gather around the dinner table, carve the turkey and eat it. There is nothing like turkey on Thanksgiving.
Along with turkey, we had mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade rolls, salads and stuffing. Don’t forget the pumpkin pie with Cool Whip.
Retiring to the front room, we would watch football. If the weather was just right, we would go outside and play a miniature football game.
Some Thanksgiving days would be filled with sunshine, while others would be filled with snow flurries or a brisk wind.
I can guarantee that this year, I will watch a parade before having turkey.
As you travel this Thanksgiving, remember to give thanks for this holiday season and be careful on the road.



Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.