Seven Times More Graves

I was on my way dreaming, by AmandaRaeK

Two thoughts on the impending holiday–

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.

–H.U. Westermayer


Thou hast given so much to me,

Give one thing more, — a grateful heart;

Not thankful when it pleaseth me,

As if Thy blessings had spare days,

But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.

–George Herbert


  1. BlondIndian says:

    I strongly disagree that “no Americans have been more impoverished” than the Pilgrims. Yes, it’s great that they sat aside a day to give thanks for what they did have. Yes, it’s sad that there were many more graves than huts.

    But all of that is very lopsided, and frankly offensive. The diseases that the Europeans brought killed in excess of 90% of the Native American population. The Natives, the remnants that is, whom the Founding Fathers forced from their own lands and onto desolate “reservations” were absolutely destitute. (And were there no graves along the Trail of Tears?) There’s immense poverty today if one drives through a modern “reservation.” I’m just saying.

  2. Dear BlondIndian,

    Thank you for your comment. I completely agree with the things you said. Right or wrong, I read the quote above as this: No Americans have been so destitute who–even while in this condition–set aside a day to be grateful for what they had.

    Absolutely there have been people groups throughout history who faced as much or more than the Pilgrims experienced. As someone with Native Indian roots, I am appalled at what I know of the treatment of these early settlers. It is unforgiveable the way we have written Native Americans out of history–or re-written it to make the treatment of them acceptable.

    My point is not, “Who has experienced the most pain?” but “Who has set aside a day of Thanksgiving in spite of it?” No doubt the quote by Westermayer is simply one man’s opinion.

    Thank you for your comments. They made me think.
    (Another blond Indian) :)

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