Have you ever been so sick that you needed someone else to take care of you because you couldn't do anything? Well, there were a lot of not well people the first 3 months after the Pilgrims landed in the new world.
So many people got sick that first winter, only 8 men were strong enough and able enough to build a common house for the 102 Pilgrims and passengers. In fact, by the end of winter, 45 of those who started the trip in England on the Mayflower died.
In honor of those brave and strong men who worked tirelessly when others couldn't, we add the next stanza to the Thanksgiving song.
"On the eighth day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully eight strong and able, seven treaty terms, six game and fish, five trip attempts, four peace pipes, three days feasting, two Indians, and a Mayflower on the sea."
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