A commemoration of what was believed to be the first shared meal between the English colonists, or Pilgrims, and the Wampanoag people in 1621, Thanksgiving used to mean turkey, stuffing (or dressing), potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. In the South, we routinely add green beans with bacon, sweet potato dishes and pecan pies to round out the meal.

There was no bail, no bond and no leniency for that first Thanksgiving turkey. Since then, however, many a bird has been spared with a full Presidential pardon.

In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy became the first White House resident to grant the Thanksgiving bird a Presidential pardon. Initially a response to curry favor with animal rights protestors, the move was so popular with the American people that President George H.W. Bush formalized the pardoning into an official White House program in 1989.

This year’s Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving celebrations will be different – just like everything else that has happened in 2020. This means there is a lot we likely won’t be doing – hosting large family meals, having out-of-town guests for the week and flying to wherever home is.

Regardless of the size of your gobbler this year, Thanksgiving prompts all of us to take time to reflect and be grateful. Maybe you are thankful for the additional time you’ve been able to spend with your family now that you work at home. Maybe you appreciate the “senior perk” of being able to shop for groceries in less crowded stores at 7 a.m. Maybe you are grateful for Amazon, InstaCart and restaurant delivery. Or maybe you are giving thanks that football will still follow the big meal (as long as none of the players have COVID-19).

Whatever you and yours are thankful for, please know that all of us at A 2nd Chance are grateful for the opportunity to serve you whenever you need us.

Look on the bright side, the end of 2020 is right around the corner and every American will likely be grateful for that.

A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds remains at the ready to assist you and your clients around the clock. We are available every day (even Thanksgiving) to serve you personally, and we can also process bail bonds electronically.