While heading to the local grocery store the other day, I noticed a lot of people gearing up for Thanksgiving by purchasing turkeys, potatoes, green beans, rolls and other foods associated with the holiday.

It is hard to believe but next Thursday is Thanksgiving, a time to give thanks for family and friends and a time of fellowship with them.

Years and years ago when I was in grade school, I remember the students would make turkeys out of construction paper, color them different colors and then the teacher would 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 on.

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

Dad would sit by Greg and me to watch the parade, and Mom would come 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 would gather 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 even stuffing. And we can't forget, the pumpkin pie with Cool Whip.

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

Some Thanksgiving days would be filled with sunshine, while others would be 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 thigdon@neoshodailynews.com. Follow him on twitter at @toddghigdonNDN