Thanksgiving is always a bittersweet holiday - it marks the beginning of the hectic holiday season, the beginning of winter for us NorthEasterners, and a stark reminder that there's only two weeks left in the semester to complete projects that should be a lot farther along than they are. But it also marks a day we traditionally spend with family, enjoying the Macy's parade on TV and laughing about Thanksgivings past.
I woke up this morning thinking about everything I have to do today to prepare for the six hour hike to my in-laws. It's cold out, I'm tired, you know the routine. I visited our local paper's website for todays news. All week, there's been a link at the top right of their page "tell us your positive thoughts as holidays approach." And for a week now, there's been one entry there, from a woman who's husband has lost his job. And that's it -- one entry in a city of over 100,000 with probably another 100,000 in the surrounding towns that read this paper.
That's not the whole story -- anyone who clicks on the comments link will see a note that 'no further comments are being taken on this story.' But on the home page, it looks like no one in NH has any positive thoughts to express.
Well, I have a few positive thoughts, and since I can't comment there, I'll share them here. This holiday, I'm thankful for:
~ my family
~ my friends, scattered though they are
~ living in a country where we are free to disagree with one another, and yet can come together in times or crisis
~ my faith. After a semester of philosophy, I'm happy to have faith.
~ the sun. It made an appearance today!
~ my cats. They love me no matter what, and show that love by grooming me in my sleep (a whole post coming up on that topic soon.)
~ kids (not just my own.) amazing how a couple of hours surrounded by the boundless energy of youth can make one feel ten years younger (or older, depending on one's attitude du jour.)
** Thanksgiving clipart from: