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Five Kernels of Corn Story

Farmer with Corn Kernels

Farmer with Corn Kernels

Farmer with Corn Kernels

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

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

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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.

More Articles on the Five Kernels of Corn

  • Five Kernels of Corn | Boundless Line
    It's easy in our culture to lose sight of what we're remembering -- what we're celebrating -- on Thanksgiving.
  • Five Kernels of Corn (the Thanksgiving Story)
    On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower dropped anchor in a natural harbor on the inside of the northern tip of Cape Cod. There it stayed. The location was not the Pilgrims' first choice; they had planned to settle near the mouth of the Hudson.
  • The Legend Of The Five Kernels
    It was very cold for the Pilgrims that first winter. Food was in short supply. Some days, they had only five kernels of corn. When spring came, the Pilgrims planted the remaining corn. The sun and rain helped the seeds to grow and much food was harve
  • Blessings from Above: Five Kernels of Corn
    Once Thanksgiving was established, the Pilgrims would start off their meal with five kernels of corn on their plate. These five golden kernels represented all they had to eat during a 24 hours time frame during tough times.
  • Mommy Life: Thanksgiving Tradition - Five Kernels of Corn poem
    Many families now practice this tradition: beside each place at the Thanksgiving table are five kernels of dried corn. During the meal, a special cup is passed around the table. Each member of the family drops a kernel into the cup while sharing some
  • A Pilgrim Thanksgiving | Mitchell Lewis
    In Five Grains of Corn Bass Mitchell tells the story of his childhood Thanksgiving at the home of his friend Kenny, whose family roots were in Massachusetts .
  • Lesson Plan: Indian Corn
    Children will demonstrate that a combination of foods are more healthy and that the foods we eat today are similar to the foods the Pilgrims ate, by categorizing the foods on poster board paper. Includes The Legend of the Five Kernels of Corn.
  • Five Kernels - Sermon Submitted to Sermons4Kids
    Five Kernels lesson from Selina Tiesler for Thanksgiving

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Five Kernels of Corn - A Myth?

The Mayflower and Her Passengers

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

Update on the Five Kernels of Corn

  • Nutfield Genealogy: Five Kernels of Corn- An Update
    This morning I posted a story about the old "Five Kernels of Corn" tradition. Apparently, just like Plymouth Rock and Longfellow's poem "The Courtship of Myles Standish", this is another myth made famous sometime after the American Revolution.

Thanksgiving Corn

Colorful Thanksgiving Corn

Colorful Thanksgiving Corn

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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.

A Day of Thanksgiving

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

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.

More Thanksgiving Traditions to Share with Family

  • Make a Thanksgiving Bowl for a Thankful Holiday Trad...
    One valuable way to help the family remember that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks is to include a tradition of having a Thanksgiving bowl at the table. I discovered the concept of using a bowl for giving thanks from the Isabella Catalog a few...
  • Make a Gratitude Gift Jar
    The Gratitude Jar is a wonderful tradition to have with your family and friends. It is also an easy way to teach children about gratitude, giving thanks and being grateful. Traditionally Thanksgiving is the time we think about giving thanks, so it...
  • Make a Gratitude Box to Give Thanks
    Thanksgiving is literally a a time for giving thanks and a time for gratitude. Making a gratitude box is another way to remember to give thanks throughout the holiday season. Start your holiday season by giving thanks before Thanksgiving and...
  • Make a Thanksgiving Fall Wreath
    Making a wreath at Thanksgiving is an easy and meaningful craft project. With a few craft supplies create a new tradition as a way of giving thanks. A Thanksgiving wreath can be a way to celebrate the harvest. Thanksgiving wreaths, particularly...
  • Give Thanks at Thanksgiving
    Thanksgiving is a perfect time to stop for a moment once a year and remember to give thanks. It's a time to be grateful for one's health, family, friends, job, home and having food on the table. Take a few moments as you read through this lens and...

Corn at Thanksgiving Tradition

Indian Corn Print

Indian Corn Print

Indian Corn Print

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.

read the rest of the Wikipedia article

Corn Kernals Giclee Poster

More about the First Thanksgiving Foods

  • The First Thanksgiving Foods
    If you were eating at the First Thanksgiving, you would discover that your Thanksgiving favorites might not have been served. The foods served for that first meal were very different than what we typically think of as a modern Thanksgiving Feast...

Eating Corn on Thanksgiving

Corn on the Cob

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

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Corn Zipper

Popcorn for Thanksgiving

Popped Corn

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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

Learn More about Popcorn

  • Popcorn is a Fun, Healthy and Educational Treat
    Popcorn popped the right way is a healthy, fiber-rich treat; popped the wrong way it is a saturated-fat nightmare. Learn about the history and science of popcorn while popping some healthy recipes.

Planting Corn

Sweet Corn Print

Sweet Corn Print

Sweet Corn Print

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

Learn More about a Three Sisters Garden

  • How to Plant a Three Sisters Garden
    Corn, Squash and Bean are the three sisters who according to Native American legends grow better together than if planted apart. Companion planting is the process where each helps the other to grow.

Sweet Corn Print

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

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.


Comments on the Five Kernels of Corn

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on November 28, 2013:

@Squirt2Squidoo: Thank you for your comments.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on November 28, 2013:

@smine27: It makes for a fun Thanksgiving tradition.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on November 24, 2013:

What a heartwarming story. Thank you for sharing.

Squirt2Squidoo on November 22, 2013:

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

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on December 10, 2012:

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

E L Seaton from Virginia on December 10, 2012:

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

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on August 31, 2012:

@Jefff Molnar: One of my favorite Thanksgiving stories.

Jeff Molnar from New Jersey on August 31, 2012:

Awesome lens.

Anderotin on December 06, 2011:

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

LDWorld on November 30, 2011:

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

anonymous on November 29, 2011:

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!!!

anonymous on November 29, 2011:

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!!!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on November 29, 2011:

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

Srena44 on November 25, 2011:

great lens

S_Timbrell on November 24, 2011:

Great lens and so appropriate today on Thanksgiving!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on November 24, 2011:

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 ...

Sheila from Omaha, NE on November 24, 2011:

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

JoshK47 on November 24, 2011:

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

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on November 24, 2011:

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!

anonymous on November 23, 2011:

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

anonymous on November 23, 2011:

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

sagebrushmama on November 21, 2011:

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!

markettrol on November 21, 2011:

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

fugeecat lm on November 21, 2011:

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

daphnedangerlov1 on November 21, 2011:

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

Fay Favored from USA on November 10, 2011:

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.

JoshK47 on November 09, 2011:

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

Ann Hinds from So Cal on November 06, 2011:

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.

Jennifer Sullivan from Chicago, IL on October 26, 2011:

Lovely story! Blessed.

ErHawkns7100 on October 21, 2011:

That is an inspiring story.

EmpowerLiberty on August 25, 2011:

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.

TIRMassageStone1 on June 28, 2011:

We should all be grateful for what we have!

MargoPArrowsmith on December 04, 2010:

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!

anonymous on December 04, 2010:

Wonderfully told and a beautiful lens.

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on November 27, 2010:

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

tandemonimom lm on November 21, 2010:

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

ShamanicShift on November 21, 2010:

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!

MargoPArrowsmith on November 20, 2010:

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

Joan4 on November 13, 2010:

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

kimmanleyort on November 10, 2010:

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

Asinka Fields from Los Angeles, CA on November 03, 2010:

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing ...

anonymous on October 24, 2010:

Awesome! Thanks for creating this lens!

JJNW from USA on September 30, 2010:

Wonderful.

Jeanette from Australia on September 26, 2010:

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

Sue Mah from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 25, 2010:

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.

purplelady on September 18, 2010:

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.

Kathy McGraw from California on September 18, 2010:

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!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on December 09, 2009:

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.

anonymous on December 09, 2009:

Great lens! Best info. Thank You Very Much.

Paul Turner from Birmingham, Al. on December 05, 2009:

Great site! Thanks for the inspiration.

Themiscorkscrew on November 30, 2009:

delicious lens with a great story!

Themiscorkscrew on November 30, 2009:

delicious lens with a great story!

totosmom on November 30, 2009:

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.

semas on November 22, 2009:

Thanks for sharing an inspiring information.

anonymous on November 19, 2009:

Great lens, very inspiring. Thank you.

DavidLove on November 15, 2009:

Uplifting and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

tintin79 on November 11, 2009:

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

mitchking on November 11, 2009:

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

jennysue19 on November 11, 2009:

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!

blue22d on November 10, 2009:

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.

Brookelorren LM on November 10, 2009:

Wow. Great story.

KimGiancaterino on November 09, 2009:

Blessed by a Squid Angel.

lasertek lm on November 09, 2009:

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

RollingLuggage on November 09, 2009:

Nice inFo

Cheryl Kohan from England on November 08, 2009:

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.

anonymous on November 08, 2009:

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

eccles1 on November 07, 2009:

Everybody Loves corn ! Great lens

Congratulations on LOTD!

KonaGirl from New York on November 07, 2009:

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!

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on November 07, 2009:

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.

JenaleeMortensen on November 06, 2009:

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.

BeautifulGreenB on November 06, 2009:

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

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on November 06, 2009:

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

kimmanleyort on November 05, 2009:

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

Brewsterboy on November 05, 2009:

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

imolaK on November 05, 2009:

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

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on November 05, 2009:

Great story; congratulations on your Lens of the Day.

Blessed & lensrolled to my Thanksgiving in Canada lens.

Frankie Kangas from California on November 05, 2009:

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

enslavedbyfaeries on November 05, 2009:

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.

Artemus-Gordon on November 05, 2009:

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

OldWillKnottSca on November 05, 2009:

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

Spook LM on November 05, 2009:

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.

Louis Wery from Sarasota, Florida USA on November 05, 2009:

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

crocodiletears on November 05, 2009:

good work

jjj1 on November 04, 2009:

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.

BusyQueen on November 04, 2009:

Congratulations on the LOTD! A wonderful Thanksgiving story!

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on November 04, 2009:

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

Carolan Ross from St. Louis, MO on November 04, 2009:

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

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on November 04, 2009:

Wonderful lens 5* and blessed.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on November 04, 2009:

Wonderful lens 5* and blessed.

Heidi from Benson, IL on November 04, 2009:

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!

anonymous on November 04, 2009:

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.

Delia on November 04, 2009:

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

GrowWear on November 04, 2009:

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

The Party Animal from Partytown USA on November 04, 2009:

Congrats on LOTD - this was a fun read.

myraggededge on November 04, 2009:

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.

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on November 04, 2009:

Wonderful lens and message.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on November 04, 2009:

Congratulations on the LOTD!

CherylsArt on November 04, 2009:

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.

Dianne Loomos on November 04, 2009:

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!

DeboraR on November 04, 2009:

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

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