As twilight comes and darkness slowly covers the land, the lights go on.
May your evening be peaceful, whatever you choose to celebrate.
For those of you who think Norman Rockwell only painted idealized images, he didn’t. His idealized images are the most popular, but he painted many other, hard-edged pictures. If you’re in the neighborhood of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, I recommend the Norman Rockwell Museum. It’s an American experience. I especially like this Thanksgiving cover for Life Magazine — reminding us that the Pilgrims were a humorless bunch. They wouldn’t approve of Thanksgiving, not one little bit and you probably wouldn’t want them at your table.
I enjoy Thanksgiving. The idea of it. It’s good there’s a day dedicated to gratitude. And eating too much, visiting with family and friends. But — you knew there was going to be a “but” didn’t you? — I am frequently reminded there are people who don’t have a family. Others who don’t have much to celebrate. And of course Native Americans, who on the whole, don’t find Thanksgiving a reason to rejoice.
So, while we are consuming our dinners and enjoying our family, please give a thought to those who aren’t celebrating. Can’t celebrate. Are disinclined to celebrate.
Please don’t post stuff promoting a work ban on holidays. There are people who need the extra money from working holidays. Not everyone has someplace to go. For many, working holidays is an escape from the pressure of a warm fuzzy event in which they cannot (or will not) participate.
It’s wonderful to be grateful for what we have. It’s also good to be mindful that not everyone is equally or similarly blessed.
“It was,” I told Garry, “A very blue day today.”
“The sky was blue, the water was blue. Almost everyone was wearing something blue, at the very least blue jeans. The boats were all painted white, blue and white, or red, white and blue. And there were flags. Each boat had a flag, an American flag.”
“That would make it more of a red, white and blue day.”
“I guess you’re right. Red, white and blue. And it isn’t even a holiday.”
“Maybe it should be.”
“Probably. Let’s make it happen,” I said.
“Right. How do you propose we do that?” Garry asked.
“I’ll do it on the internet! Power to bloggers.”
Let’s declare October a holiday. Any sunny day is officially a day off from all obligation. I declare it. See? Wasn’t that easy?
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