Here it is, two days before thanksgiving, it's raining and the temperature is in the 30's and I have to go grocery shopping.
Yes, we went two days ago and got the turkey and most of the other things we need, but since then I have made an additional list--twice as long--of the things I forgot the first time.
I'm not complaining. Well, maybe about the weather, but as Mark Twain (or Charles Dudley Warner, depending on your source) aptly observed, "Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it."
I'm happy because the stores are filled with food.
I'm happy because I can afford to buy it.
I'm happy because my family is going to share it.
Not everyone has access to well-stocked stores, and not everyone has enough money to buy what they need if they do. And some have no family to share it with, even if they met the first two criteria.
What makes this country great is how those who have reach out to those who have not.
One story that made me happy recently is the one about Coca Cola suspending its ad campaign in the Philippines this year, instead donating the money for typhoon relief.
I'm also selfishly happy they aren't suspending ads here. Sure would miss those Polar bears.
But if they did, I'd be okay with it.
I'm hoping in the midst of holiday preparations, shopping, visiting, and all the rest that goes along with it, we all take time to remember those for whom the holidays aren't quite
so happy. And maybe buy a few extra groceries and drop them off at the local food pantry.
Everyone should have a Happy Thanksgiving.
I hope you do.