I would like to thank all the writers on AC who shared their Thanksgiving thoughts.
It has been an uplifting experience. Some were heart wrenching, some joyful, and some spiritual. Some reflected upon loss, and some brimmed with hope. All had one thing in common. They reminded me of what I have to be thankful for.
On a personal level, I am thankful for:
My family past and present who did not give me away, but instead chose to put up with my quirks, my intolerance, my stupidity, my whining, and my big mouth. I carry my parent’s legacy with me every day of my life. They are still looking over my shoulder.
I have a sister that still has no idea what “me first” means, nor did her husband. They shared their daughter and son with me and by doing so gave me the joy of “Auntie Mamehood”, with a “no questions asked” return policy at the end of each weekend.
The next generation, consisting of the eldest, the middle child, and the little guy, manages to keep me on the conservative side of dementia by continuously challenging my sanity. I also include the ex in a big way, and my friends, who accept me warts and all. I have some pretty good sized warts. Just ask them.
In a serious vein, I am thankful for:
My freedoms. I have never known the sufferings of others in many countries of this world, and would never presume to understand what they endure. I do know that the human spirit cries out to be free, and those that look to us for support cannot be ignored.
It is the responsibility of free men everywhere to extend that hand. In contrast, those that abuse, deny or seek to control basic human rights by terror, torture, and murder are unworthy of that outstretched hand. Complacency is a cancer that can and will destroy us if we lose sight of the fact that indeed, “freedom is not free”.
Some question our influence in the world, and some apologize for it. I am embarrassed by this, and wonder as someone much wiser than me wondered, “Why then do we need fences to keep people out?”
In the patriotic light, I am thankful for:
Each and every loyal member of the armed forces. They serve bravely and honorably, and they choose to do so. Why? Certainly not for money. Glory? There is nothing glorious about war.
Our armed forces are the finest in the world because of a belief in what America stands for, and a desire to preserve and protect that belief. Also, to law enforcement, firefighters, emergency response, and every American that contributes to those in need, I say a humble thank you.
I am as guilty as the next person of taking our vast fortunes for granted, and it is uplifting and eye opening to read what others are thankful for. They bring me back to reality. They remind me of the simplicity of the good life. They are proof that the basic values we have are not just American values, or family values, they are human values.