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And I know I’m on soapbox here, but don’t patronize those establishments that have forgotten what a family dinner and a family holiday means and have opened their shopping doors on Thanksgiving. Whatever you can get on Thursday will be there on Friday. And if it isn’t, was it all that important?
Lastly, let’s give our independent shopkeepers some of our money as well. They work hard, against incredible pressure from the big box stores.
So, back to my original sentiment, have a wonderful holiday, everyone.
Ed and Susan
I know many of us are all stressed out, bogged down with last minute gift shopping, bucking the crowds at the malls. It’s interesting to note that in the past week, we’ve had three outbreaks of fisticuffs at the library, a telling indicator of the stress caused by the materialism of the holidays, the economy and world events.
So, while I know it’s difficult, I hope that this holiday season we take time out to appreciate the meaning of the holidays…the miracles we overlook every day like a child’s laughter, the sun casting its light on us in the morning and lowering in the evening, the vision of a family of deer, their white tails receding in the distance as they bound over the hillside, white fields of virgin snow in the winter transforming into fertile fields of greenery each spring. I could go on and on.
I know I’ve been blessed this year with family and friends. As the year draws to a close, I relish looking back at the year’s events and the happiness they’ve brought: holidays in Cape Cod and Warwick with Susan, graduations, new jobs, new apartments. We tend to dwell on the negative, but let’s resolve to dwell on the positive from now on.
So, from my family to yours, we all wish you a happy holiday season.
P.S. May the season be filled with the wonderousness of books and the worlds they open to all of us. And where do you get these great books? At your libraries and independent bookstores. So, support them! You need them and they need you. (I had to put this in!)
You haven’t heard from me for a few days because I was internet-less in Warwick last weekend and reading an un-blogworthy book after that. But, at Susan’s recommendation, I’ve started Out Stealing Horses: A Novel by Per Petterson which is destined to be blogworthy. So, stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. There is so much in the world to be thankful for..so much beauty, like this deer (Susan took this picture) staring at us as we walked by, the friends we’ve made both old and new, our families near and far, our health.
I also hope to be able to give thanks next year that our soldiers overseas returned home safe and sound, that this horrific economy has run its course and we’re on the road back to prosperity, that hunters have stopped killing beautiful, innocent animals for sport, that retailers realized that a holiday is meant for families, not for working, that hatred and bias have disappeared and that we as a world embrace, rather than reject, differences among people. I know it’s a lot to ask, but, as Susan says, “I can dream, can’t I?”
So, from our families to yours, have a wonderful holiday.
(My favorite challah!)