Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving stories and poems with us. We collected more than 130 poignant essays, disaster stories and recipes. A special thanks to Indiana’s Family of Farmers for providing the prizess — two $100 gift cards for groceries.
The two winning entries for our Thanksgiving stories are:
Thanksgiving, 1935, by Henry Swain of Nashville
An Ethiopian American Thanksgiving, by Aster Bekele of Indianapolis
Read an excerpt from Henry’s story:
The snow had not amounted to much, but it was cold. The cow was already in the barn, snorting spurts of steam from her nostrils. I made quick work of the milking, taking time to squirt milk at a mouse ten feet away. The thermometer on the back porch read nineteen degrees.
I returned to help the others reduce the oversupply of good food and complete the jigsaw puzzle. About nine o’clock folks began to think about going home. This was a little earlier than usual, for some of the men had begun to wonder if their cars would start in the cold. Read more.
Read an excerpt from Aster’s story:
I spend most of the year working with youth, educating them using gardening at Felege Hiywot Center or at IPS 51 and 69. So Thanksgiving is the time when I give my time to my family and thank God for them. I get up at 4 a.m. and start with praying; then I start preparing Ethiopian food and American food. That is I prepare turkey with dressing and gravy, sweet potato, macaroni and cheese, corn pudding and biscuits. The Ethiopian food includes lentils, greens, cabbage, green beans and carrot. Since we have turkey, I do not prepare an Ethiopian meat dish. Read more (and get some of Aster’s recipes!)