The Fullest Pleasure

While our fall gardens have largely been done in by freezing weather, the overwintering veggies remain defiantly green. We have lots of spinach, which hugs the ground in the winter.  It is poised, we hope, to erupt this spring.

And our garlic and onions look healthy and happy.  We’ll have to wait until summer to harvest them, of course, and they won’t grow any more over the winter.  But their fall head start should pay off once the days begin to lengthen and warm.


I like seeing green things alive in the garden even when the rest of the world around us is turning brown.  They’re reminders of the goodness to come.

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Unitedstatesians.  Here is some wisdom appropriate to this day from Wendell Berry:

Eating with the fullest pleasure – pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance – is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.

May we all enjoy today’s feast with the fullest pleasure.

12 comments on “The Fullest Pleasure

  1. bobraxton says:

    fruits of the earth


    • Bill says:

      for which we are thankful


    • bobraxton says:

      (Alexandria, VA, Virginia Theological Seminary – Dean’s Cross(es) ):
      three recipients have an extraordinary reach. The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States; Mr. Wendell Berry is perhaps one of America’s greatest poets and essayists; and the Rev. Jesus Antonio Rojas is the inspiration and organizer of a remarkable ministry that impacts literally thousands of immigrant farmworkers. The Dean’s Cross was celebrating ‘reach’; these are lives that have had impact.

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  2. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, I sometimes forget that Thanksgiving is strictly an American holiday. My Canadian friends have to remind me every year that they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. I’m not sure that our celebration today is exactly what the pilgrims had on their table during the harvest celebration. Rumor has it they might have had popcorn, fish, venison, and some other unusual forage items. Today we lavish our tables with so much food that it takes three days of eating left overs to finally eat it all up. Since I’ve not been caught up in the preparation of it all for years, I’ve had more time to reflect on just how blessed I am. Even though we have some major problems in this country, it’s still a country that has many things to be thankful for. As I sit around the table and listen to conversation and hear the laughter with family and friends, I become a humble man and thank God just for that alone. To spend time over a lavish meal with those you love and cherish is the best Thanksgiving blessing ever.

    Have a great Thanksgiving day.


    • Bill says:

      Canada does have a Thanksgiving holiday, but it is in October. I’m not sure how it is traditionally celebrated there. Maybe one of our Canadian friends will enlighten us. 🙂

      For a time people were urged to celebrate Thanksgiving with fasting, not feasting. It’s hard for me to imagine any holiday ever taking hold here that called for restraint in consumption. Imagine that.

      But I do enjoy the large meal with family. It’s the best of the holidays I think.


  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Cherie, and your family. 🙂


  4. EllaDee says:

    Even though in Australia Thanksgiving is not an occasion, it’s a lovely day to know from afar that you do. To me, any celebration is a good celebration 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving 🙂


    • Bill says:

      It’s a fine holiday. It isn’t linked to any particular historical event or religious tradition. It’s just a day set aside to be thankful. It’s been hard to commercialize, so we’re in danger of having it swept away or absorbed into the commercialism of Christmas. But for now at least it’s a time to have a big meal with the extended family.


  5. avwalters says:

    My favorite holiday. This year I visited my mom–and did the cooking so she could be hostess to family and friends. Watching her more full enjoyment of the day made it perfect for me.


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