By Alan Smith
With Thanksgiving approaching in a
couple of weeks, I thought you would enjoy this excerpt from
a book entitled, "Weather Prognosticators and the Media:
Fallacies, Facts, and Fun in Forecasting" by Norm MacDonald:
"Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then
warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 190 F. The
kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook,
be ready for a severe squall or cold shoulder.
"During the late afternoon and
evening, the cold front of a knife will slice through the
turkey, causing an accumulation of one to two inches on
plates. Mashed potatoes will drift across one side
while cranberry sauce creates slippery spots on the
other. Please pass the gravy.
"A weight watch and indigestion
warning have been issued for the entire area, with increased
stuffiness around the beltway. During the evening, the
turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers, dropping to
a low of 34 F in the refrigerator.
"Looking ahead to Friday and
Saturday, high pressure to eat sandwiches will be
established. Flurries of leftovers can be expected
both days with a 50 percent chance of scattered soup late in
the day. We expect a warming trend where soup
develops. By early next week, eating pressure will be
low as the only wish left will be the bone."
While many of us in the United
States will be enjoying a delicious feast in a couple of
weeks, may our outlook truly be one of thanksgiving.
May we be reminded once again of the source of our bountiful
blessings. I love the cartoon that shows a
bewildered-looking fellow sitting at a Thanksgiving table
loaded down with turkey, dressing, hot rolls, and all the
trimmings. The caption reads: "Alvin the atheist realized he
was at his lowest point, for he felt grateful but had no one
We do have someone to thank.
May we do it not only on Thanksgiving but every day with
hearts overflowing with gratitude.
"Every good gift and every perfect
gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of
lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of
turning." (James 1:17)
"Let us come before His presence
with thanksgiving..." (Psalm 95:2)
Have a great day!
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today," and
minister for the Helen Street church of Christ in
Fayetteville, NC, may be contacted at