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The Thanksgiving Bus Surprise

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

The “Can Dos” all gathered at the bus stop waiting for the Greyhound bus to arrive on Thanksgiving morning. They had all gotten up early to meet the bus. Mickey and his service dog, Muggins, were coming home for Thanksgiving on the Greyhound bus and they were all anxious to see their friend.

Mickey’s mom and dad were there, and his grandma, Grandma Hattie and Grandpa Dooley.”We haven’t seen Mickey and Muggins since August when he went back to school,” said Willie, Mickey’s cousin. The rest of the “Can Dos” nodded in agreement. It had been months since they saw Mickey. They all understood that Mickey had to go to a special school for children who have visual disabilities, but that didn’t stop them from missing him.

When the bus came in sight, the “Can Dos’ all started jumping up and down and waving at the bus. When the bus came to a stop, they strained to see Mickey through the Thanksgiving tinted glass of the bus windows. Then the door opened and some people got out. And…there he was! Muggins led the way and Mickey followed.

A cheer went up. After Mickey’s mom and dad, and grandma and grandpa kissed and hugged Mickey and greeted Muggins, the “Can Dos” gathered round Mickey. The girls hugged him and the boys thumped him on the back. Grandma Hattie said, “Come on everyone, back to my house for a welcome home Thanksgiving Day breakfast for Mickey.”

Everyone started walking, but Mickey and Muggins just stood there, not moving. Mickey’s mom asked,”What’s wrong with you child? We are all waiting on you.” Mickey grinned and answered, “I have a surprise for Willie and Nellie and Grandma Hattie and Grandpa Dooley. With that Willie and Nellie’s mom got off the bus!

Willie yelled, Nellie started crying and Grandma Hattie said,”Daughter, I didn’t think you could get leave from the army to be home for Thanksgiving.”

It’s a good thing Muggins got Mickey out of the way in time, or Willie and Nellie would have run him over getting to their mama to hug her! What a wonderful surprise that bus held..their mama home for Thanksgiving!

After all the hugs, everyone headed to Grandma Hattie’s for a double celebration, Mickey and Muggins, and Willie and Nellie’s mom were home for Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving from “Can Do” Street!

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Would you have Wanted to be a Pilgrim Child?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Pilgrim children were busy.

They did not have as much time as we do today to read or play games. Even young Pilgrim children were needed  to work their parents farms, hunt, fish and participate in the every day life of their community.

Religious activities, school and helping around the house with daily living activities also took a part of their time each week.

During what little free time they had, Pilgrim children were allowed to play games.

They probably played games with each other and their new friends, the Native America children on Thanksgiving Day.  They may have played a game called naughts and crosses, that we know as  tic, tac, toe, and  a game they called draughts that we know as checkers.

Pilgrim children may also played other games such as ball games, shooting marbles and a game similar to hide and seek, called blind man’s bluff.

One thing is for sure…Pilgrim children had to make up games since there were few toys to play with back then and it would be hundred of years before, radio, TV and computers games were invented!

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Native Americans and Our First Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Thanksgiving“Class, Jay is going to tell us about how Native Americans helped to make our first Thanksgiving possible,” said Miss Pat. “As you know,  Jay is a Native American.”

“Thanks Miss Pat,”  said Jay. He began, “The settlers, from Europe, that landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts were called Pilgrims. The natives that lived in this area were from tribes of the Wampanoag people who had lived there for 10,000 years before any explorers or settlers came from Europe.

After the Pilgrims built their settlement, they met Squanto, who spoke English. He was a member of the Pawtuxet tribe. He spoke English because he had been captured by explorers and taken to England. He escaped and came back to live with his tribe.

The first winter was very hard on the Pilgrims and many times they were very hungry. Squanto was a big help to the Pilgrims. He taught them to plant corn and other vegetables. He also taught them where to fish and how to hunt beaver and other animals for food.

In 1621, the Pilgrims invited their Native American neighbors to a feast of thanksgiving after they harvested what they had grown with Squanto’s help. That first Thanksgiving is why every year we celebrate Thanksgiving Day,” finished Jay.

The class all clapped and Jay smiled and took his seat. Miss Pat asked, “Does anyone have a question for Jay”?  Hector raised his hand and asked, “What did they eat at the feast”? Jay answered, “Can I talk about that tomorrow? I’m really tired of talking right now.”

Miss Pat smiled and said,”We will have to wait until tomorrow to hear more of Jay’s wonderful story about the first Thanksgiving. Thanks Jay.”

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Thanksgiving Jokes

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Before school let out on the day before Thanksgiving, Miss pat gave each of the “Can Do” kids Thanksgiving jokes to share with their families .

Why don’t you print out a copy of the Thanksgiving jokes and share with your family and friends?

Thanksgiving Jokes

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims!

Why do turkeys always go, “gobble, gobble”?
Because they never learned good table manners!

What key has legs and can’t open doors?
A turkey!

What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Waddle
Waddle who?
Waddle I do if you don’t open the door?

What did the Turkey say before it was roasted?
Boy, I’m stuffed!

Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of foul play!

Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
The outside!

Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building?
Yes. A building can’t jump at all!

Why did the turkey cross the road?
It was the chicken’s day off!

What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner?
The TurKey!

What sound does a space turkey make?
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble!

What’s the best dance to do on Thanksgiving?
The turkey trot!

How do you keep a turkey in suspense?
I’ll let you know next week!

Why can’t you take a turkey to Church?
Because they use such fowl language!
Why did the turkey play drums in his band?
Because he already had drumsticks!

Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?
The turkey, because he’s already stuffed!

What did the turkey say to the turkey hunter?
“Quack, quack, quack!”

What’s blue and covered with feathers?
A turkey holding its breath!

How do you send a turkey through the mail?
Bird class mail!

Why didn’t the turkey eat dessert?
He was already stuffed!

What do you get it you cross a turkey with an octopus?
Enough drumsticks for Thanksgiving!

What are the feathers on a turkey’s wings called?
Turkey feathers!

Why did the turkey sit on the tomahawk?
To try to hatchet!

What’s the best way to stuff a turkey?
Serve him lots of pizza and ice cream!

If the Pilgrims were alive today what would they be most famous for?
Their age!

What type of music did the Pilgrims like?
Plymouth Rock!

Why did the Pilgrims eat turkey at Thanksgiving?
Because they couldn’t fit the moose in the oven!

How did the Mayflower show that it liked America?
It hugged the shore!

When the Pilgrims landed, where did they stand?
On their feet!

When did the Pilgrims first say “God bless America”?
When they first heard America sneeze!

Why did Johnny get such low grades after Thanksgiving?
Because everything is marked down after the holidays!

Where did the first corn come from?
The stalk brought it!

What’s the best thing to put into pumpkin pie?
Your teeth!

What vegetables would you like with your Thanksgiving dinner?
Beets me!

Should you have your whole family for Thanksgiving dinner?
No, you should just have the turkey!

What smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner?
Your nose!

What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving?
The letter G!

When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary!

Source: Activity Village, UK

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Here Comes Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Miss Pat decided to use the coming Thanksgiving holiday to teach a history lesson about life in the American colonies.

She invited Jay, since he is an American Indian, to tell the story of what the early colonists ate at that first Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving“Hi,” said Jay. ”What I am going to tell you about today I  learned from reading and listening to the History Channel on TV.

What did the Pilgrims and their Native American guests eat that first Thanksgiving day? Well, lots of what they called fowl caught by hunters. There were ducks and geese eaten on the first Thanksgiving. Historians don’t know for sure if they had wild turkeys. They may have.

If the Pilgrims had cranberries, they would not have been sweet. Colonists didn’t start to boil cranberries with sugar for another 50 years.

They didn’t have potatoes either. The colonists were not growing white or sweet potatoes back then. They didn’t have sweet pies for dessert since they didn’t have butter and flour for pie crust and there was very little sugar for pie filling.

They did have lobsters, mussels, white and red grapes, black and red plums, and flint corn. And that’s what I know about what they ate on that first Thanksgiving.”

Everyone clapped and Miss Pat said, “Thank you Jay for sharing all that you know about that first Thanksgiving!”

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