For the first time in my life, I'll be alone on Thanksgiving Day.
This shall not be a rant about how much that sucks. I've done enough ranting, and enough moping on the subject. So I'm phoning this one in, 1000 miles away from family on both coasts. There are worse fates.
I would like instead, to offer a meditation on this holiday of ours.
There's no feckless materialsim associated with Thanksgiving. Aside from the menu, there are no meaningless rituals. There is just good food, and good company.
On this day, freinds and family come together to share a meal. They cross hundreds of miles to be with their loved ones, often at great expense. On this day, we show one another how much we care.
We don't need an X on the calendar to do this
It is no secret that our country's corporations have created holidays in the name of consumerism.
Why can't we do the same?
Why can't we just decide to get together and celebrate life every now and again, without being confined to a day and a month?
I don't think that there is a good reason not to.