On Thanksgiving, Still Plenty To Be Thankful For

How did it get here so fast?

On the earliest fourth Thursday of November possible, we gather tomorrow with family, often arriving from far distances, to give thanks, and in many households, a silent prayer: Don’t say Trump, don’t say Trump, don’t say Trump!

Because Thanksgiving should be a time of love and gratitude, not political warfare and people storming out before the first course.

In these trying times, it’s more important than ever to remember what we are thankful for. The moment I did, I realized my list is long—hope yours is too!

–I’m thankful to be alive, to have seen the beautiful fall colors once again and for the simple things we all take for granted—until we don’t have them anymore.

–I’m thankful that the three people in my family who love dark meat have finally found a way to split two drumsticks three ways. Okay, we’re a little slow on the uptake, but we did it!

–I’m thankful for my Irish-Catholic sister-in-law who makes great matzoh ball soup as an appetizer each year, from my late mother’s recipe. Thanks Karen!

–I’m thankful for a roof over my head, food on my table and other daily blessings that millions of people around the world—and yes, the nation—still only dream of.

–I’m thankful that another dismal New York professional football season is nearly two-thirds over, and that baseball pitchers and catchers is only three months away!

–I’m thankful that my diligent exercise program has trimmed me down to within 5 pounds of my target weight, and plan to take a flattering photo of myself Thursday morning before I blimp up again.

–I’m thankful for the Thanksgiving Day parade, that corny, wonderful event that made me happy as a child and still makes me smile as I see the inflated turkey and other familiar floats bravely battling the gusty breezes over Central Park West, as well as the new chocolate factory float!

And despite our differences, I am thankful to still live in the greatest country on earth, a beacon of hope and freedom to those around the world. Let’s keep it that way!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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One Response to On Thanksgiving, Still Plenty To Be Thankful For

  1. Bob Bard says:

    I regularly read your columns in Newsday, a transplanted Long Islander/New Yorker (I now make my home in Goodyear, Arizona) and this one really hit the mark. Though our family get-together will be delayed until Sunday because my daughter, who works as a nurse, is scheduled today and tomorrow, I plan to spend today recounting my blessings and expressing, if only to my wife and myself, my thanks for all I have. Thank YOU for writing such a thoughtful piece…and congratulations on your having closed in on your weight loss goals.

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