Indeed, it will be a VERY different Thanksgiving this year. Super storms on our shores and around the world ravage cities, towns, and entire islands. Fires rage on our West Coast. Violence is on the rampage in our streets while our “bipartisan” political system may be falling apart. We have a president who sees himself as an emperor instead of the out-going leader of a free country. AND our citizens are dying at an unprecedented rate due to a disease we cannot contain. Does this not all sound more like science fiction than real life as we’ve known it?
So, here we are at “the holidays” which are usually the most festive times of the year, but things will definitely be untraditional this year. Many of my friends are staying in, most are avoiding travel in attempts to keep loved ones safe from this insane pandemic. What are you doing?
Since I work with the public, and in a grocery store where we’re allowed, nay, encouraged to engage in conversation with our patrons, I’ve been able to get a pretty good glimpse of how this Thanksgiving is going to look for many of us. Lots of good food will be enjoyed, but not in the usual great gatherings of family and friends. Some folks I’ve chatted with are still planning their big family feasts where their members live close and have been in contact anyway, but more don’t have big plans, if any at all. “Staying safe” seems to be how this Thanksgiving will be spent.
This “thanks” holiday will be observed quite differently than tradition calls for, I’m afraid, and the thought of it has been keeping me up at night. While the strangeness of it all surely wouldn’t be considered a blessing, perhaps it can be an opportunity for each of us to reflect and truly give thanks for what we do have; Thanks for our family and friends who are so far safe and healthy; Thanks for our individual health and well-being; Thanks for the little things (like running, especially hot, running water…)
And GIVE, if you can, to the various organizations that are providing food, and shelter, when needed, to those who don’t have these gifts due to the pandemic and/or just hard times.
Happy Holidays everyone. Be well. Be safe. Send love.
Jan is a singer, a songwriter, a licensed body worker specializing in CranioSacral Therapy, and a teacher. She is an advocate for the ethical treatment of ALL animals and a volunteer with several animal advocacy organizations. She is also a staunch believer in the need to promote environmental responsibility.
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