Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving is more than tradition

Sometimes we fail to remember what Thanksgiving is really all about. Of course we all know that it was started by our pilgrims giving thanks for the blessings they had received, but often we forget that we have even more to be thankful for than they did. Our lives are much easier than life has ever been for any of the generations past. We have become spoiled, and many of us even seem almost bitter about our lives. Why? We seem to have everything but happiness. Maybe we should occupy more of our time helping others who are not so fortunate, and sharing in their not so perfect lives. Thanksgiving is not only tradition, it is the one day per year that we observe, for traditional purposes, family purposes, or just to get a free meal cooked by someone else.

My wife and I spent our holiday with our family, and enjoyed it very much. Our family is still complete, except for my father who passed on back in 1999. I always think of him, I miss him so much. It is amazing to see how much everyone in our family has aged and changed. We had a great day, but one of our friends who was supposed to celebrate with us, had a heart attack just a couple of days before. He is only 32. Hopefully he will be ok soon, and that will be one more reason to give thanks for next year, when we once again take a few hours out of a year of complaining, to celebrate our good luck to be born in this great country of ours, and for all the blessings God gives us.

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