1621 marked the first ever Thanksgiving held in America. It was initiated to honor the friendship that had developed between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. Now it is an annual holiday used to profess what we are thankful for in our lives. So we gather with our friends and family, on the fourth Thursday of November, and “break bread” to symbolise how thankful we are for one another.
Spearline held their first Thanksgiving dinner last Friday, November 27. I wish I could say it was the first held in Ireland but, as I have been told many times, that would be inaccurate. So I must be happy with the first of the company.
The generosity and hard work of all the staff at Annie Mays, the local pub/restaurant in Skibbereen, created an atmosphere of pure Thanksgiving. With grateful hearts we came together to celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving meal, which included some of the American rituals that come with the holiday. We went around the table and expressed what we are thankful for, and more often than not someone said that they were thankful for this company. Except for the occasional few who mentioned my clumsiness… I honestly don’t believe it was just because it was a company event that everyone’s answers revolved around the people sitting next to them. I think it is more because it is such an unique gift to have nearly the whole company together and celebrate this holiday like the close family company we are. People have started to catch on, that this company is more than just a place to spend your 40 hours a week. It’s a comfort and a confidence that comes with working at Spearline because you have friendships that grow from your work relationships and that is something we should all be thankful for.
As some of the Irish learned a little bit more about the history of the American culture, I am continuously being taught what it means to be a part of the Irish community. Putting others before yourself is an understatement when it comes to how people are treated here. From the people at Spearline to the people of Skibbereen town, they have not just welcomed me into their town but they have made me a part of their lives. So, when it was my turn to tell everyone what I am thankful for, I said I could not be more thankful to celebrate Thanksgiving with my new family.