Thanksgiving 2015

by admin on November 26, 2015

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On The 45th Fourth Thursday of November 

            The turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings come out this time of year without fail. The roads and skies become congested with the hustle and bustle of family members and friends breaking their necks to connect or reconnect with those who they care about, if only for one day of bonding while the stuffing of their faces commences. Consequently, the day before is also the second busiest drinking day in this great land of ours. Coincidence? I think not. Outside the birth of the son of God, this is the only other time that people use to congregate on such a large scale.

But what are they gathering for? An elaborate free meal? The chance to see loved ones? A mini vacation from the S.O.P. of their everyday lives? As I sit in yet another Starbuck’s, sipping on yet another caramel Frappuccino, I ponder the meaning of Thanksgiving.

I would like to think that people as a whole are genuinely sincere in their thankfulness this season. With the ever present threat of terrorism rearing its ugly head at every turn, with racial tension boiling over and out of control, not to mention the uncertainty of the political parties that be, it is enough to make any sane person be grateful for what they have in this world.

Bask in the familiarity of family and friends, if only for one day. Pray for them, as surely they pray for you. Be thankful for the roof over your head and the food in your house; there are many who are going without, trust me. Be grateful for the opportunity of employment as it keeps you in the lifestyle you are accustomed to. Most importantly, thank the Heavens that you had the opportunity to wake up and breathe in yet another glorious day of life. If you get to spend it with the ones you love and care about, that makes it all the better.

I was sitting in my apartment, wallowing in the thought of being alone on this day when a surprise phone call from a family member made me realize that you have to be appreciative of all that you have, even if it’s a day off from work alone. She was right. I got up off the sofa, threw on some sweat clothes and made my way outside which to my surprise improved my mood greatly. The icing on the cake? It’s an unusual for November sixty degrees! If anyone ever has a doubt about the healing power of the sun on your body, get your ass outside and try it!

Thank you Milvie for reminding me of the blessings I have in this life. I sometimes get lost in the grind.

Now if only they would make a turkey and gravy flavored Frapp…

Gregory E. McCant


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