Almost 400 years ago, a group of disenfranchised people paused on a beautiful fall day to reflect on their gratitude for the simple things: plentiful rainfall, a good harvest, and the generosity of welcoming hosts in a foreign land. They were Pilgrims in the truest sense, and their celebration became a moment preserved for the ages. Over time, the legend of their trials has become larger than life. But at its very core, this holiday still finds its roots in the glory that comes from putting aside differences in favor of searching for what binds us together and makes us stronger as a whole. I am thankful today for a loving family, loyal friends, a reason to smile. And I am thankful, my friend, for you.