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So I am counting my blessings and giving thanks as I go about my day. Celebrating my health, celebrating the roof over my head, celebrating that the cupboard is full, celebrating that with a flick of a switch I have lights, music, and all the conveniences I choose to have. Celebrating that I can grab the keys, head out the door, burn all the gas I can afford wondering around looking at stuff in full stores or looking at nature's wonders. Celebrating my relative safety in my own home as well as in the streets of the community I live in. And above all, celebrating that I have people in my life that really care about my well being.
As I was thinking about past Thanksgivings, I remember with a smile the time that I worked at a small manufacturing plant that made terminal connection boards. We were all excitedly discussing our plans for the holiday when Elfrieda and I were approached by a several of our Laotian co-workers about exactly how to bake a turkey with all the trimmings. They also didn't truly understand what the holiday was all about.
So I ask them if they really liked baked turkey (I don't). No, they didn't, but they thought it was necessary to celebrate the holiday. They were surprised when we ask if in their culture they had holidays where they counted their blessing or gave thanks with a special foods or dishes. They, of course, did. That's when we explained that despite the media hoopla, that was what the holiday was about and that a turkey was not necessary to celebrate. It was way more important to get together with family and friends, count your blessings and eat foods that tasted delicious to you. They seemed relieved they weren't going to have to buy, cook, serve and eat something that was not appealing to them.
So for my Thanksgiving Feast today, I'm not having turkey! I am going to have chorizo topped nachos, tons of fresh veggies, apple turnovers and RC Cola.
Count your blessing and enjoy your dinner!