Us Americans have a favorite tradition amongst us. Years ago Pilgrims from Great Britain sailed a perilous voyage to the New World in hopes of freedom from religious oppression. Bearing the fruits of hard work they celebrated a harvest with American Indians and gave them such gifts as plentiful food, sharing of cultures and faiths, and blankets knitted with fine wool and smallpox.
Tomorrow many of us will sit with loved ones, or people you can barely stand, for a few hours and stuff their face with food after a brief thought of what they should be thankful for. After a fine meal football will be watched, gossip will ensue, and the token drunk relative will make an ass of themselves. Gluttony will be present amongst us all as we show how grateful we are for being a good American consumer.
Seriously though I do wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. May all of you be surrounded by your loved ones and give thanks for the comfortable lives you lead. I have so much to be grateful for this year I don't know where to begin. Usual stuff comes to mind though. I'll be again grateful for the fact that I wasn't crushed as a fetus and was instead adopted into a good home. I am very lucky for each and every person who has touched my life. Thanks be to God, family, and friends for the amazing life I've had so far.
This year I'll think of my dear friend Kevin. May his soul continue to rest in peace.
Tomorrow will be an unusual holiday as I'll actually be working early in the day, then I get to go downtown to deliver the salad and mashed potatoes I'm making for a charity delivering food to low income tenants. I hope the people who eat whatever I cook won't be too upset that I'm not exactly Julia Child, but it's really hard to screw up those dishes.
Happy Thanksgiving from the folks...err folk...at Erik's Ramblings.
"Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving." - Joseph Auslander