Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Freedom From WantThanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  It probably has a lot to do with the happy memories of going to my grand parents' house in Essington, PA and being surrounded by family and great cooking smells and laughter.

Norman Rockwell's Freedom From Want reminds me of all the good things from those days.  It's become a tradition here at Another Delco Guy to use it on Thanksgiving.  It's an iconic image that resonates with me in a way that is hard to describe.

Today's also a day when the liberal dad blogger would really like to thank the people who give so much so that I can live so easily.  I've got a cushy office job, a new house, wonderful kids, great friends and family.  

I've got very little to worry about thanks to the work of millions of brave men and women serving in the military here and all over the world, and the first responders who keep us safe in our homes and work places.  I am not fighting sandstorms, insurgents or roadside bombs.  It's easy and safe to travel around this beautiful country and do the the things we love to do.

Much changes each year, but one constant in my life is finding a quiet few moments on Thanksgiving to reflect.  It's too easy to let the moment pass in the rush to get turkeys in the oven and floors vacuumed and whatever else.  But easy isn't the right thing to do on the day we set aside to think about how much we have. 

We've been giving thanks on this day in the United States since 1621, when men and women who had a whole lot less than we do stopped their work to give simple thanks that they had been able to survive their first year in this new world.  They got it right. This is my fourth Thanksgiving blog, and I always feel that there is so much I just don't know how to say.  I did it best the first time, so please go back and think about where you were four years ago and how much your life has changed.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!


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