How’s everyone after a hectic day of post-Thanksgiving victories at the mall or Walmart? I’m hoping for all of your sakes you weren’t faced with pepper spray and overly zealous shoppers with eating withdrawals determined to beat you out of the latest ‘deal’ on only three 50 inch tv’s available for every 1,000 customers. Ridiculous isn’t it? I don’t know which is worse. Overeating on Thanksgiving to the point you hate yourself for days after or skipping the big bird and all the trimmings because of a date with Target that starts three hours after the last guest leaves your house.
The Washington Post’s Anne Holmes wrote a simply divine column yesterday [Nov. 23, 2011] on the repercussions of the Thanksgiving eating experience and it comes down to this. We are losing sight of what Thanksgiving is really about. We seem to either eat too much and hate ourselves after or we start shopping at insane hours through the night based upon the addiction factor merchants use to get us into their store at the most ridiculous hours imaginable. Either way, Thanksgiving, if we don’t step back and look at what is truly important, has become more about craziness than gratitude. The woman at a Walmart in California who resorted to pepper spray as insurance to get one of a limited quantity of something she couldn’t live without speaks to this truth.
I propose that we each take some time in the years to come and put Thanksgiving into perspective…the perspective of what it is really about. Seriously, we have enough stressors in our life without putting shopping at the head of the line which leads me into why my article is late getting to you.
I was preparing my vegetable dish for a Thanksgiving dinner with newfound friends while the task was being interrupted with video Skype phone calls from children, grandchildren and friends that meant more to me than any deadline. It had been a hectic week and a hard one at that. For me, It was the first time ever that every member of my family was thousands of miles away—all of them. And it was also a time that I needed to step back and count my blessings. God love the video phone calls. It’s the next best thing to being there and it was this that slowed me down and made me think about the gift of Thanksgiving. Of thinking how foolish we are to put shopping at midnight ahead of humanness.
So my apologies to you on one hand and my hope for you on the other that you had a great time on turkey day without the self-loathing that can go along with overeating or the pressure of going shopping. Believe me, after eating a plate of three different kinds of pie piled high with whipped cream and waddling to the car feeling like I’d never get out of the jeans I had on, I knew in my heart tomorrow would work out alright and instead of the mall, I’d go home and be grateful for my blessings.
Until next year, join with me and let’s all be glad for what we have and save the ‘wants’ for a different time. Thank you to each of you for your support and kindness through the years. May life be kind to you always.
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