We have days on our calendar, and rightfully so, that specify times to honor certain groups of people.
The dates for Veterans’ Day, Memorial Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day, etc. … serve to jog our collective consciousness, reminding us of what’s important.
We might appreciate mom and dad, and our military men and women just fine, but if we did not make a point of stopping to consider them, our appreciation would likely recede into the background noise of daily life.
This week there comes a time for us, all of us individually, to stop and appreciate what we have.
More than any other national holiday, Thanksgiving is what we individually bring to it. It can be a religious holiday, it can be secular, it can pass pleasantly with family or friends or a group of strangers at a community meal, or be painfully endured with far-flung family members you see once a year.
You don’t even have to give thanks but you can find reason to if you think about it. As the old saying goes, “I was sad that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”
Having no shoes is a problem, having no feet is arguably a bigger problem, but both parties are still ahead of the guy with no legs, and even he can probably find something to be grateful for.
However we celebrate, this is the time to appreciate what we have; a time to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy.
We give thanks this year that we live in this great country, in this great state. We give thanks for the bounty we enjoy; for you, our readers and customers, we give thanks.
Eat, drink, be merry, and stay safe this holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving.