OUR THANKSGIVING HERITAGE: Reverend Cruller....

.... Yes, Friends, it's time for another deeply moving tale from Thanksgivings past... Here we have Reverend Eloysius Wholesomeness Cruller, pastor of The Fairley-Famished Lamb of Blessedness congregation in Sadley Corners. Known for his fiery sermons that had a strangely calming effect on his parishioners (especially the ones with insomnia, anxiety disorders, or ...um, "demon fidgets"), he was nevertheless given to "visions" and dire predictions concerning oblong vegetables shaped like royal persons and geese speaking Flemish. Although he was considered eccentric, many locals felt that he had some sort of gift and would heed his advice on sore throat cures, bunions, involuntary mooing, and frizzy hair. Unmarried until he was in his late forties, he finally met Goody Tolerance Mayhew from a neighboring hamlet, and they were wed in a lovely though somber ceremony overseen by Reverend Punctuality McPhee. The happy celebrants feasted on spoonfuls of dried corn, yarrow roots, day-old goat's milk, and currants (or were they fettle beetles?)... Oh, what a thankful occasion it was for everyone present, and earnest prayers, hearty exhortations, and ...yes, somewhat tuneful hymns were offered up to the leaky rafters. And then Reverend and Goody Cruller withdrew to begin their meditative honeymoon .......after taking their once-a-year bath.

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