My Thanksgiving (List)

I don’t celebrate Columbus Day and try to remind anyone who mentions it that it really aught to be called Indigenous Genocide Day (Yes, that’s a mouthful!) and, unless your a Native American, entail an apology.

I don’t feel the same way about Thanksgiving.  I think of it as celebrating nature and a bountiful harvest.  Yes, it is too commercialized … but what isn’t.  Even Pilgrims and Indians setting down together is okay … right along with turkeys, cornucopias and pumpkins.  Native Americans would undoubtedly be better off if they’d let the settlers starve, but that says more about us than them.

I also like to use Thanksgiving to look at the “blessings” in my life.  What am I thankful for?  Sometimes I am thankful for things that didn’t happened and don’t exist.  I prefer to appreciate things that actually happened and did/do exist.  That seems to be getting harder.

I am thankful that …
… nuclear war and WWIII have not begun.
… executive orders and presidential signatures are insufficient to implement or rescind actual laws.
… white Americans will soon be outnumbered and equalized.
… more and more people are resisting hate and divisiveness.
… propaganda has (not yet) become news.
… my income and lifestyle are stable and mostly predictable.
… my health is stable and fairly good.
… my debt is decreasing and some big bills will be paid off in 2018.

I am thankful for small things every day that don’t make it onto this list, but I don’t make a daily list either.  I think that would minimize the impact of the moments themselves.  That may play into my own dilemma:  If I plan something too thoroughly, it feels as though I’ve done it and I don’t want to do it “again.”