Today is Thanksgiving day. Ever since I was young, I was taught that this was a day where family convened and gave thanks for what we had. It wasn’t just a day to be thankful for family, but in my view, to have been given the privilege of growing up in the USA. While some may disagree with me about American exceptionalism, where else could you even hold an opposing view without the fear of some kind of retribution?
Some on the left have an issue with the “idea” of Thanksgiving but I believe that they are missing the point of why we celebrate the day. It isn’t to preach genocide or colonization, but instead it is to be thankful. Why is that so difficult to understand that? Why does even a day where as humans we can congregate and put aside differences we may have each other have to become a political or family nightmare?
Well I’m going to say that it doesn’t. Accept the day for what it is. A day of thanks. I am thankful for may things in my life. First and foremost I am thankful for my family. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am also thankful for the friends that I have had and lost, have now and will hopefully have in the future. I am thankful to have been able to serve in the Marine Corps. I am thankful to have had a wonderful career in special education where I was blessed to have worked with many great people over the years. I am also thankful be alive. Medically this year has been a struggle, but I am still standing and don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon. But most importantly, I am thankful to be a citizen of the USA. As a student of history, I can not imagine growing up or living anywhere else. In the 70’s and early 80’s, life was pretty carefree. It was a great time to be a kid.
So, instead of focusing on the negative and blaming the past for the perceived wrongs of today, just be thankful for what you have now. For one day, put aside your anger and vitriol and think about the things that you have been blessed with.
I truly hope that everyone has a great day. Although it is most certainly going to look different than most Thanksgiving’s, but please put it all in perspective. Life is short my friends and you never know when tomorrow might not come. Now all I have left to do today is watch The March of the Wooden Soldiers.