“There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.”
Thanksgiving has the reputation of being the busiest travel holiday of the year. Ever wonder why? For one reason, it’s a 4-day weekend. It’s a good reason to travel–for some to catch the first powder on the ski slopes, for others to “come home.” Families, whose members are near and far, try to come together for this special holiday. They catch up on the latest news ”ooh” and “ah” over the newest member of the family, share the latest pictures, cook the traditional food, and give thanks for being together.
In reality, there are many who cannot be with their families on this special day. Our public servants, such as the police, fire, hospital, and emergency workers, often do not get the opportunity to be with their families. They miss eating the turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie with their loved ones. There are many more who do not have a family or even a place to call home. We see them on the street corners with their cardboard signs, on the sidewalks pushing an over-filled shopping cart with their meager belongings, or standing in line at shelters in hope of a meal and a place to sleep. The news organizations and newspapers are filled with announcements of food drives to feed the less fortunate. We have all donated, some of us have even volunteered our services or even adopted a family to help.
Most of us are fortunate to have a home and will be sharing our meal with families and friends. As you enjoy this day, take time to remember those who are less fortunate. Be thankful for what you have and who you are.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.