A lot of miserable stuff is going on in the world right now (so what’s new?) , but, thankfully, that’s probably not what’s on most Americans’ minds this week. It’s Thanksgiving, which is probably second only in holiday popularity to Christmas, or maybe tied with Halloween for second. The popularity of Halloween is hard to figure , but then, it’s hard to figure a lot of the choices of the Booboisie.
Thanksgiving is really an interesting phenomenon. People will fly a thousand miles or more to eat Thanksgiving dinner (Southern for lunch) with family members. Sometimes, families follow the original Pilgrim’s tradition of inviting guests. At the alleged first Thanksgiving feast, the Pilgrims invited 90 Native Americans, who had saved them by giving them enough food to survive their first year at Plymouth. Big mistake by the Indians. The same big mistake they made when they let Columbus come ashore in 1492. (Interesting that we have named our city after a murderous enslaver of other human beings.)
But, I digress.
It’s the time for thanks.
Thanks to Kristin and Chris for providing me with a great-grandson right before Thanksgiving.
Thanks to all my family for their love and support and to my friends for being my friends.
Thanks to all who work to make Columbus a place of beauty and grace, and a place of wonderful live music and theater. Thanks to all who work to provide a public school system and university to give our youngsters a fighting chance to enjoy fulfilling lives; and thanks to those who provide world-class museums that preserve and honor our past; and thanks to spiritual, civic, and governmental organizations who strive to end hunger, homelessness and poverty; and thanks to all military service men and women for their service to our country.
Oh, and thanks to you for reading this.