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Five Kernels of Corn Story

Updated on November 22, 2014

Farmer with Corn Kernels

Farmer with Corn Kernels
Farmer with Corn Kernels | Source

Count Your Blessings at Thanksgiving

Several years ago, I discovered a moving story of the five kernels of corn when writing about Thanksgiving.

This story about counting blessings is a wonderful tradition to include with your family as you sit down to eat your holiday meal.

Read the Five Kernels of Corn story and then invite family and friends to share why each person is grateful at Thanksgiving.

Making the Five Kernels of Corn part of your Thanksgiving tradition as easily as opening up a can of corn to serve as part of the meal or including popcorn before the meal.

To do more about being grateful at Thanksgiving, include a Thanksgiving Bowl, Box or Wreath as visual prompts to help everyone remember to count blessings and give thanks at the Holiday set aside for expressing gratitude.

Learn more about this touching legend of the Five Kernels of Corn. You may view eating corn and eating corn at Thanksgiving a bit differently.

Image: Farmer Holds Kernels of Corn Photographic Poster Print by Stephen Alvarez available at Allposters.

Five Kernels of Corn

Dealing Out Five Kernels of Corn the First Winter

Jamestown Colonists Dealing Out the Last Kernels of Corn During the Starving Time, 1609-1610
Jamestown Colonists Dealing Out the Last Kernels of Corn During the Starving Time, 1609-1610 | Source

The Five Kernels of Corn Tradition

The story of the five kernels of corn is a touching tradition to start with your family.

The story goes that once Thanksgiving became a holiday, the Pilgrims would start their meal with five kernels of corn on their plate.

These five golden kernels represented all the pilgrims had to eat for the entire day during difficult winter. The corn that remained was planted in the spring.

At Thanksgiving the five kernels of corn was a reminder that many had nearly starved because of lack of food.

Each pilgrim would stand up and one by one pick up each kernel of corn and share five things they were thankful for on Thanksgiving.

This tradition has been passed on from the early times.

To this day, many families place five kernels of corn on each plate to honor and remember the suffering and spirit of Thanksgiving of our Pilgrim ancestors. They also take turns sharing five blessings for which they are grateful.

Story adapted from several online sources.

Image: Jamestown Colonists Dealing Out the Last Kernels of Corn available at Allposters.com.

Plate of Kernels Corn

Plate of Kernels Corn
Plate of Kernels Corn | Source

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Articles on the Five Kernels of Corn

Different articles with other versions of the Five Kernels of Corn story, legend and poem. The story is used by teachers when teaching children about the Pilgrims and also in Sunday Schools or Churches when teaching about Thanksgiving.

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Five Kernels of Corn - A Myth?

The Mayflower and Her Passengers

The Mayflower and Her Passengers
The Mayflower and Her Passengers

Learn more about the Mayflower and the families that came over on this ship in this recommended book which is a collection of biographies on the Mayflower families.

 

Questions about the Five Kernels Story

Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy and Captain of the New Hampshire Mayflower Society raises the question that the Five Kernels of Corn may be more myth (fabricated) than legend (historical basis).

She cites information from Jim Baker, a member of the Massachusetts Board of Assistants, who explains that the story never happened and that "there any reason to believe that the colonial leaders would actually issue a daily corn ration of five kernals, which was not enough to be of any nutritional benefit."

The myth may have grown out of an 1820 Forefathers' Day dinner, when five kernels of corn were placed on the plates as a reminder of "the time in 1623, when that was the proportion allowed to each individual on account of scarcity."

Caleb Johnson, author of The Mayflower and Her Passengers (above), who is a Mayflower descendant and a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants includes the Five Kernels of Corn as one of the myths about the Mayflower and Pilgrims:

  • This was a myth that apparently began in 1820. It has no foundation in historical fact.
  • There was a shortage of planted crops that year, and hunger was a problem, but their diet was supplemented by enough fish, shellfish, nuts, waterfowl, turkeys, deer, and other native flora and fauna, to keep everyone alive.

It is interesting to read that this story, which has become a great part of many people's Thanksgiving traditions and is used in many Thanksgiving sermons and as Teaching Units on Pilgrims and the Mayflower, may be more of a myth that a true legend.

Of Plymouth Plantation

Of Plymouth Plantation: Along with the full text of the Pilgrims' journals for their first year at Plymouth.
Of Plymouth Plantation: Along with the full text of the Pilgrims' journals for their first year at Plymouth.

In Of Plymout Plantation author Caleb H. Johnson shares the Pilgrims journals from their first year at Plymouth.

 

Thanksgiving Corn

Colorful Thanksgiving Corn
Colorful Thanksgiving Corn | Source

Watch Desperate Crossing

Desperate Crossing: Mayflower
Desperate Crossing: Mayflower

Watch the Untold Story of the Mayflower from the History Channel.

 

Nutrition in Five Kernels of Corn

From a nutrition perspective, there is not much nutrition in eating a ration of five kernels of corn.

It would have made more sense to hang on to the corn kernels to plant them in the spring, rather than doling them out to eat them.

You can learn more about the Pilgrims journey by reading one of the books Mayflower Story or watching the Desperate Crossing.

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

Ways of Giving Thanks

Share Thanksgiving Flowers

Thanksgiving Flowers
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Give Thanks at Thanksgiving

For me, Thanksgiving is most about taking the time to stop for a moment from all the craziness and give thanks for what we have.

Since Thanksgiving is about traditions, there are many traditions, from simple to more complicated, that can be started to help your family remember to stop for a moment to express gratitude.

Serving a can of corn, frozen or popping popcorn after Thanksgiving are an easy ways to remember the Five Kernels of Corn story.

Other traditions that can be started at Thanksgiving include creating a Thanksgiving Bowl, Jar, Box or Wreath.

Using these prompts family and friends can voice or write down the reasons and the things for which they want to give thanks.

Corn at Thanksgiving Tradition

Indian Corn Print

Indian Corn Print
Indian Corn Print | Source

The First Thanksgiving Foods

Pilgrims would be surprised to see how we celebrate Thanksgiving these days.

In place of a typical modern Thanksgiving feast of turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, Pilgrims would have eaten what was available to them.

At the First Thanksgiving they would have eaten duck, goose, swan, venison, fish, lobster, mussels, eel and clams; pumpkin, squash, corn and cabbage; red and white grapes; red and black plums; berries and dried fruit.

The Print of the "Jamestown Colonists Dealing Out the Last Kernels of Corn During the Starving Time, 1609-1610" depicts the story of the Five Kernels.

Canvas Print of Indian Corn available on Amazon

First Thanksgiving on Wikipedia

Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, presently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. It did not become a federal holiday until 1941. Thanksgiving was historically a religious observation to give thanks to God,[1] and is still celebrated as such by many families, but it is now also considered a secular holiday as well.[2][3]

Most Americans celebrate by gathering at home with family or friends for a holiday feast. Though the holiday's origins can be traced to harvest festivals which have been celebrated in many cultures since ancient times, the American holiday is tied to the deliverance of the English settlers by Native Americans after the harsh winter at Plymouth, Massachusetts and that event has become the pre-eminent foundation story for English North America.

The First Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks to God and the Native Americans for helping the pilgrims survive the brutal winter.

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Corn Kernals Giclee Poster

12 X 18 Stretched Canvas Poster Indian Corn
12 X 18 Stretched Canvas Poster Indian Corn

This Giclee poster print of different types of Indian corn.

Size: 12 X 18 inches

 

Eating Corn on Thanksgiving

Corn on the Cob

Eating Corn on the Cob
Eating Corn on the Cob | Source

Include Corn on Thanksgiving

Whether you believe in the story of the Five Kernals, or just want to include corn as as a parable or a remembrance for giving thanks, there are several ways to include corn as part of a Thanksgiving meal.

  1. Corn on the Cob
  2. Fresh Corn cut off the cob
  3. Can or Frozen Corn
  4. Popcorn
  5. Decorative Dried Corn Cobs

Some people just open up a can of corn, heat it up and serve it with Thanksgiving dinner.

Even our tradition of decorating with dried corn cobs could be traced back to this Thanksgiving story.

Corn Holders

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Non Slip Corn Holders, Set of 8 - Yellow
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Non Slip Corn Holders, Set of 8 - Yellow

Corn holders come in very handy for those who like eating their corn on the cob.

 

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Corn Zipper

Kuhn Rikon Corn Zipper
Kuhn Rikon Corn Zipper

Use the corn zipper to help get the kernels off of the cob for easy serving.

 

Popcorn for Thanksgiving

Popped Corn

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Air Popcorn Popper in the Amazon Spotlight

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Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper

This Air Popper is the #1 Best Selling on Amazon. Makes up to 18 cups in less than 2-1/2-minutes.

 

Popcorn for Thanksgiving

A fun and healthy way to include corn for Thanksgiving is to add in popcorn as part of the festivities.

Since popcorn is a healthy, fiber-rich snack, popping some corn to have as a snack while all of the Thanksgiving cooking is going on might be a really good way to curb the appetite of those waiting to dive into Thanksgiving dinner.

Make it more festive by getting some colorful gourmet popcorn for popping and pop it up quickly in an Electric air popper.

Electric popper uses hot air to make a healthy, low-calorie treat.

The Air Popper is faster, healthier and much more economical than pre-packaged microwave bag popcorn.

Colorful Popcorn

India Tree Paloma de Colores(Mixed) PopCorn, 16 oz (Pack of 4)
India Tree Paloma de Colores(Mixed) PopCorn, 16 oz (Pack of 4)

Touted as being America's first great snack food this mixed popcorn is like popping colorful Indian corn.

Note that the popped popcorn will be white.

 

Planting Corn

Sweet Corn Print

Sweet Corn Print
Sweet Corn Print | Source

Plant Corn as Part of the Three Sisters

If after reading about the Five Kernels of Corn myth you are inspired to plant your own corn, you may want to take a look at companion planting, to help your corn grow.

In Native American legends the three sisters can only grow and thrive if they are planted together. The three sisters are corn, squash and beans.

These legends have some truth behind the stories, planting the three plants together allows the corn, beans and squash to support the growth of each other and work together in a process called companion planting.

Each plant contributes something to help the others to grow, creating a beneficial relationship that allows the plants to grow better together than each would grow alone.

Canvas Print of Sweet Corn available on Amazon

Sweet Corn Print

"Sweet Corn" Print (Canvas 12x18)
"Sweet Corn" Print (Canvas 12x18)

A canvas print of sweet corn.

Size: 12 x 18 inches

 

History of the "Five Kernels of Corn" Page

Lens of the Day November 4, 2009

Lens of the Day November 4, 2009
Lens of the Day November 4, 2009 | Source

A Page Written Initially to Benefit Kiva

This page was originally written for one of the charity challenges on the Squidoo website.

The story of the Five Kernels worked well as a concept for the Squidoo Thanksgiving Cookoff for Charity challenge in 2009. This page was chosen as a Lens of the Day during the first few days of the Squidoo Charity Cookoff.

The charity that I chose was Kiva, the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website that connects online lenders to entrepreneurs across the globe.

By being one of the winning lenses during the 2009 Official Squidoo Thanksgiving Cookoff (for Charity) Squidoo donated $1000 to Kiva for my non-recipe lens accepted into the challenge. I was very grateful that Kiva will be getting a sizable donation from Squidoo because of my efforts on writing this page.

Being able to make a difference for on Kiva for as little as $25 is a little like making a difference with and being grateful for five kernels of corn.

Over the duration of the time that this page was on Squidoo, the Kiva charity continued to earn contributions from the story of the Five Kernels of Corn.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

Share your gratefuls in the comment section below.


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      Kirsti A. Dyer 3 years ago from Northern California

      @Squirt2Squidoo: Thank you for your comments.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 3 years ago from Northern California

      @smine27: It makes for a fun Thanksgiving tradition.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      What a heartwarming story. Thank you for sharing.

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      Squirt2Squidoo 3 years ago

      This was a very thought out and well put together lens. I enjoyed it. Thank-you for sharing!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Countryluthier: Glad to hear the story inspires you to be thankful.

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      E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      What a fascinating story. Gives me even more thankfulness reasons on top of all I already have. Blessed by COUNTRYLUTHIER

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @Jefff Molnar: One of my favorite Thanksgiving stories.

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      Jeff Molnar 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Awesome lens.

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      Anderotin 5 years ago

      That's what I do, but I will not wait for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the tip.

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      LDWorld 5 years ago

      Very interesting and a great job for sure, thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am so doing this next Thanksgiving - I love little traditions like this that don't require much but leave a lasting impression and are so meaningful. Thanks for sharing and this is a great lens!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am so doing this next Thanksgiving - I love little traditions like this that don't require much but leave a lasting impression and are so meaningful. Thanks for sharing and this is a great lens!!!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Beautiful Thanksgiving Lens and I love the story of the Five Kernels of Corn.

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      great lens

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      S_Timbrell 5 years ago

      Great lens and so appropriate today on Thanksgiving!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Legend, myth or true story matters not to me so much as the value of the story and what it represents. We do need to be thankful on Thanksgiving, and I try to be thankful each day. As for corn: in southeastern Pennsylvania's Berks county, a dried and rehydrated corn pudding made from "Cope's Corn" is traditional for Thanksgiving dinner. When we lived in Massachusetts, corn bread was part of the meal. Blessed ...

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      You are blessed by a Squid Angel who has never heard this nice story before!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Swam back around through the Squidoo Sea to bless this lens!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      One should have a plate with five uncooked kernels of corn in a prominent place all year long. It would be a nice daily reminder to say thanks. This is a beautiful story regardless of its origins. Thank you for sharing it to bless our day. Appreciated!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think that this is a really great story to make us appreciate what we have

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think that this is a really great story to make us appreciate what we have

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      sagebrushmama 5 years ago

      We read about this in "The Light and The Glory" last year, and I used the story in a pinch yesterday, when we had to fill in for as children's church teachers. Beautiful lens!

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      markettrol 5 years ago

      Great Great Story every family should start off their dinner with!!!!!...Thank You Very Miuch

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      This is a really neat story and kiva is a great charity! Thanks for sharing it!

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      daphnedangerlov1 5 years ago

      I just love the story and I think it is a great way to help my kids understand Thanksgiving.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      It reminds us that we are blessed in a land where there is food to eat and more seed to sow. God is good to us.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful read - so many great stories come out of Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      After seeing the Mayflower and what the Pilgrims endured just for the voyage alone was inspiring. I think we will be adding the Five Kernels of Corn to our family tradition.

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      JenOfChicago LM 5 years ago

      Lovely story! Blessed.

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      That is an inspiring story.

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      EmpowerLiberty 6 years ago

      This story is amazing. What a strong spirit our forefathers must of had. It is hard to even imagine the hardships they faced head on.

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      TIRMassageStone1 6 years ago

      We should all be grateful for what we have!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I have featured this lens on Buy American I hope you will stop buy and check it out! There is a tie in with this lens! Thanks for the contribution!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderfully told and a beautiful lens.

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Lovely tradition of the five kernals of corn. I'll have to remember that for next year.

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      I did not know about the 5 kernels tradition, and I did not know about SquidKiva! Thanks for sharing!

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      I was looking for lenses about "five" or "fives" for the lens I just started, five-lenses, which will include great "five lenses" besides linking to my newest and top five lenses. Whew...And cheers!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I will find out more about Squid Kiva, right up my alley! It also fits in with Heifer International, where farm animals are given to people around the world so they can make businesses! That is my favorite charity

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      I especially loved this quote - had never seen it before! "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

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Just revisiting this lens for the reminder and to give it a special blessing.

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      Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Beautiful! Thanks for sharing ...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome! Thanks for creating this lens!

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      Wonderful.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      We have so much to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing this story.

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      Sue Mah 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Thank you for the wonderful story about the corn and its association with Thanksgiving. Although we don't celebrate it here it is good to learn about the history of other countries. Besides that, i love corn on the cob,lol.

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      purplelady 7 years ago

      I am thankful that Comfortdoc creates such beautiful and interesting lenses. I so enjoyed learning about the five kernels of corn and what a great idea it is.

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      I just found this as I was looking for a way to highlight Squid Kiva and so I put it on my Facebook Page. Great story and better Charity. I just got notified one of my loans was just paid back in full...another is 3/4 pd back. I love Kiva!

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      In southeastern PA, Cope's Corn is a traditional dish at Thanksgiving. It's dried corn made into a pudding-like hot dish. Five kernels of corn is a story I hadn't heard before, but will make part of my holiday of thanks from now on.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens! Best info. Thank You Very Much.

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      Paul Turner 7 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Great site! Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Themiscorkscrew 7 years ago

      delicious lens with a great story!

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      Themiscorkscrew 7 years ago

      delicious lens with a great story!

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      totosmom 7 years ago

      I Love this story - I was telling my grandchildren about it at Thanksgiving. We had a couple of corn dishes. My favorite is my grandmother's corn custard the recepie is on my Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie Lens. This is a great reminder and we need to remember how it was for our forefather's. I can't imagine how bad that 1st Winter must have been and how the natives saved us.

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      semas 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing an inspiring information.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens, very inspiring. Thank you.

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      DavidLove 7 years ago

      Uplifting and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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      tintin79 7 years ago

      Thanks for the share, very inspiring and giving.. :)

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      mitchking 7 years ago

      Beautiful story, thank you so much for sharing it with the rest of us.

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      jennysue19 7 years ago

      We don't have the Thanksgiving tradition in the UK of course, but I really loved this lens - it is heartwarming, informative and entertaining.

      Well done, you really deserve the Lens of the Day award!

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful giving idea and story. I was not familiar with Kiva and I am glad I know about it. Great work on this lens. ***** and a favorite.

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      Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

      Wow. Great story.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      The Five Kernels of Corn story is very touching and inspiring. I will definitely share this on Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing.

      Will tweet this lens. Visit my lens as well if you got time. Thanks again

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      RollingLuggage 7 years ago

      Nice inFo

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      This is a wonderful tradition and I'm going to tell my children about it this very Thanksgiving and start the tradition in our family. I've always been thankful to the Native Americans for all they have given to our country. I have great admiration for these true Americans.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wonderful reminder of this tradition of the Five Kernels of Corn. {{{Blessed}}}

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      eccles1 7 years ago

      Everybody Loves corn ! Great lens

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      Such a lovely story. I had heard it many, many years ago and had forgotten all about it. This was a wonderful reminder. Congratulations on LOTD! It is well deserved. 5 stars, of course!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks so much for the story of the Five Kernels of Corn. I'd never heard of it before. Also congrats on LOTD for your lens and for Kiva. Lensrolled to my Thanksgiving Themes lens.

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      JenaleeMortensen 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Our lives are truly blessed when we remember what we are grateful for instead of all that we lack. Thanks for reminding us that that is what the Pilgrims did. I think this would be a great tradition for a family to start.

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      BeautifulGreenB 7 years ago

      What a wonderful story and tradition! Beautiful and funny (corn on amazon?) Congratulations on winning lens of the day and $1k for Kiva!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      What a touching story! Thank you for sharing it. Congratulations on having the lens of the day!

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      What a great symbol for remembering our blessings. I had never heard of this before. Thanks and congrats on LOTD!

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      Brewsterboy 7 years ago

      Great story and a nice plug for KIVA! I had not heard of KIVA before. Congrats!

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      imolaK 7 years ago

      I've never heard about this legend , but it's a touching story. I enjoyed this wonderful lens.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Great story; congratulations on your Lens of the Day.

      Blessed & lensrolled to my Thanksgiving in Canada lens.

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      Another wonderful lens, Kirsti. I love corn, especially corn on the cob and popcorn. Thanks for sharing the story of the 5 kernels which was new to me. Congrats on LotD and the $1000 for Kiva, a well-deserving charity. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      enslavedbyfaeries 7 years ago

      I left my stardust yesterday, but didn't get a chance to congratulate you for winning LOTD and $1000 for Kiva! The Five Kernels of Corn story is a great reminder of how lucky we really are, even if we don't give it much thought on ordinary days. This would be a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition to start at any age and especially for families with young children. I am featuring this lens on my Turkey Table Talk lens for the Squidoo Thanksgiving Charity Cookoff.

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      Artemus-Gordon 7 years ago

      What a great Thanksgiving story. I will share it with my family when we get together.

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      OldWillKnottSca 7 years ago

      What a fantastic tradition to start this Thanksgiving! Thanks for the great lens!

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. A moving story. I love reading about traditions and different cultures. So Native Americans helped them survive a harsh winter. I never knew that and it gives one pause for thought. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Louis Wery 7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Thank you for the blessing of this lens adding to the ways that we can share gratitude this season

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      crocodiletears 7 years ago

      good work

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      jjj1 7 years ago

      I, too, had never heard the story of the five kernels but it's one I'll remember. Thank you for sharing it and I will look into Kiva as well.

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      BusyQueen 7 years ago

      Congratulations on the LOTD! A wonderful Thanksgiving story!

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      Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      Kirsti, great lens on the 5 kernels of corn. Congrats on making LOTD! Linda

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      Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This is such a touching story, first I've ever heard it. Kudos and 5 *s and A

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Wonderful lens 5* and blessed.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Wonderful lens 5* and blessed.

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      Heidi 7 years ago from Benson, IL

      Hey, congrats on LOTD! And good luck at the end of the month, when we vote on who wins the $5000 for charity. I didn't know about the tradition of the five corn seeds at Thanksgiving; I guess this is one case of learning something new every day!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD! Well deserved. I had not heard of the story of the Five Kernels of Corn. Interesting and a great reminder of all our blessings.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      what a lovely story! great lens .....5*

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Congratulations for Lens of the Day for Five Kernels of Corn!

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      thepartyanimal2 7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD - this was a fun read.

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Lovely lens and well deserving of Lens of the Day! Being a Brit, I've never heard of the 5 kernels of corn so thanks for sharing it.

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Wonderful lens and message.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Congratulations on the LOTD!

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Never heard this story before. Thanks for sharing it. I did hear the one about Johnny Appleseed. I am thankful for the people that have take the initiative to invest in our futures.

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      I had not heard the story of the Five Kernels of Corn. It is a good reminder to always count our blessings. Congratulations on LOTD and for the $1000 to be donated to KIVA!

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      DeboraR 7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I've heard some of this story before. Does make a body thankful.