Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I tend to go against the crowd just for the sake of going against the crowd.

For example, the month of November is a grateful month wherein people across the nation take the many days prior to the ritual of Thanksgiving Day to remember their gratefulness and transpose that gratefulness in writings.

That was a lot of junk to say nothing wasn't it? I could have said, "Many people use November to write down the things they're grateful for," but I didn't. I said the above because I'm trying to fill up space until I figure out what I'm grateful for.

I have yet to write down my gratitudes. Prolly ever. I have hit some acknowledgments of gratitude here and there - but nothing dedicatory to the ceremony of thankfulness. I guess I don't do it because, "everyone's doing it. It's the thing to do. All the hip kids are into it these days." Someone how I feel that if I'm following someone else it somehow makes my attempts seem insincere.

I should get over that. There's nothing wrong with following the crowd to do good things.

Nothing sparks gratefulness better than leaving our great nation of America on Thanksgiving Day. I've always thought Thanksgiving Day was an unnecessary hassle. I've always thought there was no point to spending $100 on butter, cooking for three days and brewing up mountains of unnecessarily heavy food, only to be consumed in 30 minutes. Then you want to take a nap. But can't because there are dishes to be done and loads of leftovers to dish out to people who don't want them.

I know. Bah Thanksgiving-Bug! The above paragraph illustrates why we have traditionally spent Thanksgiving doing the Thanksgiving Day Boycott.

After explaining all that junk, I must say once again, nothing sparks gratefulness better than leaving our great nation of America on Thanksgiving Day. I have spent many thoughtful moments discovering what I'm grateful for, things I've never considered luxuries, even things I've complained about.

I'm grateful for our founding fathers, their insight, their promise for freedom and their sacrifice. I'm thankful for the mistakes our country has made and the lessons they've learned. I'm grateful for those, both past and present, who have fought for our freedom. I'm thankful for the Constitution.

I'm grateful for consequences. That we are free to go out, make choices that include risk, and receive the consequences for those risks. I'm grateful that, more often than not, we are rewarded when we work hard. I'm grateful that hard work is galvanized by the promise of good things.

I'm grateful for our serving country. I'm grateful for the people I'm surrounded by who help others. I'm grateful for public education and the promise that all children have an opportunity to learn. I'm grateful for teachers. I'm grateful for food and water, and for technology that keeps it safe. I'm grateful for the FDA. I'm grateful for a safe home, neighborhood and city. I'm grateful for equality. I'm grateful for inequality, for it is a catalyst for change.

I'm grateful for punk teenagers who park in front of my house each day, for I know they are going to school to learn, to be better people. I'm grateful for traffic laws that are enforced, for laws that put the bad guys away, and for the freedom to break those laws (see gratitude for consequences above.)

I'm grateful for technology that provides communication, for telephones and for the internets. I'm grateful for Mozilla Firefox, for its spell checking abilities, on-the-fly virus checking and what it is not: Internet Exploder.

I'm grateful for friends and the alchemical process of friendmaking. I'm grateful for my many friends who listen and offer words of encouragement. I'm also grateful for friends who provide your-house-is-on-fire-fix-it criticism.

I'm grateful for taxes that provide law enforcement, nice streets to drive on, waste removal and public education. (See! There it is! I'm grateful for taxes.)

I'm grateful for a Spouse who sacrificed his play time for many years of schooling. I'm grateful for a Spouse that works hard, who is always learning and becoming a better person every day. I'm grateful for the software industry. I'm grateful for Indian out-sourcing, for it is making India a better, happier place.

I'm grateful for capitalism. I'm grateful that capitalism is fueled by needs. Specifically that people can see those needs, provide a solution for those needs and be rewarded in the process.

I'm grateful for our strong, working bodies and the magic of healing. I'm grateful for modern, sterilized medicine.

I am grateful for music.

I'm grateful for children. Mine specifically. I miss them. Oh crap here come the tears again. I'm grateful for vulnerability and what it can teach us. I'm grateful for a family who has helped and continues to help. I'm grateful for parents who have given guidance, protection and freedom to pursue talents. Except Piano. There was no freedom in piano, which leads me to the next: I'm grateful for a mom who forced me to play the piano. I cannot say this enough. I'm also grateful for a mom who has provided a piano so as I can perpetuate the forced tradition on my own ungrateful children.

Finally, I'd like to express my gratitude for Jesus, The Ultimate Teacher.


p.s. Can you name the things I'm grateful for now that I've complained about in the past? Betcha can!


Lars said...

I love that your tradition is the Thanksgiving Day Boycott. I have tried implementing this in my family, so far I only have one on board. Hope you get to skype your yahoos today.

GAK said...

Yea, FDA. I'm grateful when I go to the farmers market here, there are no cows wandering around and dropping feces all over the butter beans.

The MacMizzles said...

I remember sitting in my dorm on thanksgiving at 18 wishing I could be surrounded by all the chaos. I could almost smell everyone's cooking. So we decided to make our own dinner...and almost set the dorm on fire, and my friend stole cookware from a Mormon church.

PhishTako said...

You are awesome