Thursday, November 24, 2016
Thanksgiving Day, 2016
As all of my regular readers already know, today is my favorite holiday: the traditional and quintessentially American holiday of Thanksgiving. In a crazy world in which we too often focus on fear and negativity*, and on the material things in life, it's good to have a day on which to sit back and reflect on the things for which we can be truly thankful. Today - as on every Thanksgiving Day - Bilbo the Cynical Curmudgeon yields the blog to Bilbo the Reflective Grandpa to think about some of the things that are right with the world ...
A beautiful and marvelously talented wife who makes life interesting and enjoyable ... if a little chaotic at times;
Three loving and successful children who have made their own marks on the world, and of whom I am proud beyond all measure;
Six adorable, intelligent, and loving grandchildren that can warm the most jaded heart;
The world's best daughter-in-law;
A new, fine son-in-law;
A comfortable retirement**;
The good fortune to be able to live in a country which, for all its faults, gives me the opportunity to enjoy all of the above;
The ability to write what I wish in this space without worrying about the heavy hand of the censor; and,
The ability to enjoy the good things of the world that would be denied by those whose harsh and intolerant worship of a jealous and angry God ignores the beauty and possibilities of the present in favor of rigid belief in an imagined paradise in an unknowable future.
I have many things to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day, and it's only proper that I should take a few minutes to acknowledge that I am, as ever, most richly blessed.
I wish all of you, Dear Readers, the very happiest and safest of holidays.
Have a good day. Give thanks for the good things you have and the bad things you don't. And stay out of the stores tomorrow ... you'll thank me.
More thoughts tomorrow, along with a new batch of Great Moments in Editing and Signage.
* Yes, Mr Trump and the GOP, I'm talking to you.
** So far, anyhow.
*** As long as we keep up the payments.
† Until the GOP guts Medicare, anyway.
†† Amazing, after the misery of the campaign season.