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Happy Thanksgiving; Best and Worst of Times

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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From my hotel room one Thanksgiving.

From my hotel room one Thanksgiving.

It's The Thanks That Count

Thanksgiving. No not Happy Thanks giving “day”. That is a date.

George Washington, Thanksgiving Holiday? Thanksgiving Changed by Abraham Lincoln and the latest I think was Roosevelt for economic reasons. Thanksgiving was for sure established as a religious Christian holiday. So the celebration of a holiday for thanks giving was established in 1789, by proclamation.

I can’t make this stuff up. The States versus the Federal regarding the change of dates actually happened. Some states refused to accept Roosevelt’s change of dates. Roosevelt moved it to the 2nd to last Thursday so as to extend the shopping season for Christmas. Enough of that already. Established as Christian and changed for shopping. That is strange.

Now let us address the issue of what is told as a getting together of pilgrims with indigenous people. Before wars between the two. Now we also have October 12th as Indigenous People’s Day and November 27 as Native American Heritage Day. The politics there are interesting but this is about giving thanks. As in the holiday of Thanksgiving.

As you can see by the above there are serious objections regarding what day and why it was created. And of course why it remains.

So about now it is simply a great holiday which centers on food and family and giving thanks. If there are those who have objections to having a day to give special thanks together well that is their problem.

Let us get it over with. “Every day should be celebrated by gratefulness and the giving of thanks.” Of course that is true. But we can’t take every day off of work and eat like gluttons. Or maybe that is what really rich people do? After all it is estimated there are over 2,000 billionaires in the world.

So let us switch over to food. Turkey and or Ham. Potato. Green vegies something. Bread something. Cranberries seem pretty popular. Stuffing maybe, tossed salad of some sort. Do not look over here. My small family have been going out for Tai Cuisine for several years now. Oh I cook up all the stuff for a homemade dinner with trimmings. And we eat that as is desired. There are 100 variations for a vegetarian. And I think traditionally it is a cobbler or pie with autumn harvesting for desert.

Well the holiday is as good as you want to make it. That choice is completely up to you.

Pretty Heavy

Happy Day

Loving life.

Loving life.


How about I whine instead of giving thanks. I would hope you at least giggle at this.

I have to deal with a wife. My son takes up way too much of my time and costs money. My car is old. I have weeds to pull in my garden. I need to trim our Italian Cypress trees. I have to do dishes all the time and wash my clothes and clean the floors. I have animals to feed and clean up after. Now that is a lot of work. Plus I have to write all the time.

Or is it? I am so blessed to have a wife that loves me. Thanks so much for my wonderful child. My car is so reliable for 16 years. I love my garden. Our trees are such that people stop to admire them. We eat so well, thanks for the dishes we get to serve our food on. Thanks for the closet full of clothes and our wonderful flooring. Thanks for the pets but can we get more? I don’t write for a living I live to write, thanks for that.

How about some mixed blessings. Do not like your job but it is steady and you make good money. Our cupboards, refrigerator and freezer are filled with food but I need to go on a diet. My legs are sore from a great hike yesterday.

Mysteries are cool, as in, how in the heck did I settle down enough to have a bigger house than we need with a mortgage one third of the value? That is a mystery to me and I give great gratefulness. I have great children and how did that happen with me as a dad? Maybe great wives and that is also a mystery. Alright then, how do we get a blessing from surviving great sickness physical and mental? Not to mention how we connect with God. The wonderful Trinity is for sure a great mystery of blessings.

And yes we are grateful for people who “teach” us the answers of the mysteries. And we are grateful that we have made it through this pandemic, so far. Super big thanks for my eyesight. Thanks for my doctors. And you know I could go on naming so much more. I have the super deal of being alive despite any statistics and percentages.

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I looked pretty hard. And quarantines make sense. But to my knowledge there has never been quarantines of healthy people. Probably there have been some, technically. I got to spend 16 days in isolation. Isn’t that funny nowadays. We really are not isolated due to modern internet. Isolated of touch and the answer is yes. No one outside of my home gets to see my smile. I realized that I could tell if someone is smiling by gestures, eyes and around them, and what and how they say stuff.

Seriously my son and I did a study and study the sound of a voice with a smile. The sound is different. We checked out things like a mask and mirror sun glasses and blindfolds. We had a great time checking out mom. Whoa she sounds so different smiling compared to not smiling.

Back to isolation. I spent several days alone in the country. How wonderful. Back at home I was basically sealed up. An office, spare room, bedroom and bathroom. And the kitchen when everyone else was asleep, wearing gloves and a mask. But of course I had meals prepared for me and delivered in a protocol of no contact. Music, Zoom, books galore and writing and exercise. We were just fine and blessed financially. As of course my wife lost her job and other things slowed down for me.

And then it was stay home and stay safe. All together with a very large yard and all the amenities. My boy has been flourishing. He probably spends about an hour online with his buddies. And he attends school remotely which is a huge success. I could go on and on.

The pandemic is horrible and bad for folks out there. Death and great suffering. But if you just isolate your thinking into my home this is a wonderful experience as a family. What a bummer for those effected badly, we pray for them but we spend very little time mourning. What good would that do? No good would come of it. So we flourish. We give thanks and show gratitude during this time. There is a deal where if someone else suffers, should we by choice? That makes no sense at all.

People can “witness” in various ways our handling of the “bad” situation. We try to encourage and we talk positive and show our gratitude. Would we be of help if we moped around and complained?

So we do not have a day to mourn those who have died and suffer from COVID. However in my home we pray for them every day. Just as we give thanks every day.

We do get one day where all we really have to do is be grateful. That is great.


Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 19, 2020:

Thank you Linda, I am trying to go through the comment section at hubpages, maybe it will work.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on November 10, 2020:

Sooooo good to hear those lines!!! I am very grateful PERIOD

Thank you sir Dierker.;-)

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 10, 2020:

Another wonderful one. I loved going through your insightful article Ericdierker.

This year, we have witnessed so much anxiety, many people losing their dear ones, losing jobs, facing hardships, and a situation of constant fear and uncertainty. Therefore, there is a genuine feeling of gratitude. Yes, I feel grateful and thankful.

Thank you for sharing.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 10, 2020:

There are many things that have happened around us in 2020 that could stop us in our tracks, bring us to our knees, make us quit. But we flourish anyway.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 10, 2020:

Eric, I think the events of this past year will perhaps make all of us a bit more reflective. Many have lost so much--work, home, security, loved ones. It is (or should be) humbling for those of us who are fortunate enough to not impacted by 2020.

Lori Colbo from United States on November 10, 2020:

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Giving thanks daily keeps us humble. Even in this crazy year, there is so much to be grateful for.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 10, 2020:

Pamela, you just made me think if I personally knew anyone currently who does not have something to be grateful for.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 10, 2020:

Thanksgiving is a time where we can be grateful and I have much to be grateful for also. I love your article and that makes me grateful as well. Thanks, Eric, for giving us something to be happy about in a time tat has been so trying.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 10, 2020:

Liz you sure are right. One of my favorite concepts is being grateful that I am grateful. The fact that the celebration was actually between English subjects and Native Americans makes it even more interesting.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 10, 2020:

How about being thankful for Thanksgiving? In the UK we don't get the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving like you do.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 10, 2020:

Lorna you are so right about vision. My attitude determines my gratitude. And getting out and walking is a fine, fine way to create a good attitude. Yours seems in very good shape.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 10, 2020:

Thank you Louise. It is good of you to stop by and leave your best wishes for us.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 10, 2020:

Thanks Bill, we are in the same boat. And I definitely consider you a blessing in my life. Over the last few years I cannot remember a time that I was ungrateful for more than an hour.

Lorna Lamon on November 10, 2020:

This year has certainly seen the best and worst of times and yet I have much to be grateful for. I went for a long walk today and even though it was a familiar route, I still appreciated its beauty. I think gratitude doesn't change the scenery, it just allows you to see it clearly. Enjoy the little things in life, because when we look back we realise that they were the important things. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article Eric. Happy Thanksgiving.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on November 10, 2020:

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. I hope you all have a lovely time.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 10, 2020:

I got sober over Thanksgiving fourteen years ago so yes, I can muster up some thanks during this season. Of course, every morning I wake up with Bev by my side, so it's not like I need any more reminders to be thankful...and then there's the dogs...and my son...and my writing...and my home...and my peanut butter cups...and my....well, you get the picture. I'll even throw you into the mix of thankfulness, buddy.

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