A Thankful Missive

2010 November 25

by Roy W. Bakos

Usually, this space is reserved for articles and comments that lament, complain, or just plain bitch about some aspect of the American cultural/political space in which we live.  Today, in honor of a holiday designated on the behalf of the feeling of thankfulness, I have decided to write about some stuff that I am thankful for.

I am thankful for the holiday of Thanksgiving.  Actually I am thankful for any day that at least encourages all of us to stop and ponder all that we have and to be happy.  Today (along with Yom Kippur; having to reflect on your personal “sins” and wrongs in order to be forgiven is almost as cool as being thankful) spurs me to be reflective of my place in the world and for that, I am happy.

I am thankful for my family and friends that have helped to shape the person that I am and that keep me in line when I need to be kept in a line, whatever that means (and they know…which is why I am so thankful for them).

I am thankful for my nephews, Joey and Joshua, that always find some “new” way of looking at the world and then insist on sharing it with me.

I am thankful for the opportunities that being born in this country at the time I was and into the family that I was have afforded me.  I try to appreciate what all of that means every day.

I am thankful that I live in a country where I still have the freedom to write something like this and the wealth to be able to publish it on the world-wide-web.  I am also thankful for the technology that makes this possible as well.

I am thankful that I live in a place that is rich with history, architecture, museums, restaurants, culture, and people that appreciate all of it and wish to share the stuff that makes up Buffalo NY with the world.

I am thankful for all of those that do the things that  most of us take for granted in the world.  The mothers and fathers that feed, teach, and nurture their children.  The teachers (in all aspects of life from school to work to artists to philosophers etc.) that tirelessly try to find new things to stimulate our imaginations.  The soldiers that are fighting far away from their homes.  The housekeepers and janitors that keep our public places clean.  The firefighters and police officers that leave home for work never fully sure that they will be coming back.  The millions of people that pick our fruits and vegetables and toil at jobs without many financial or social rewards.  Thanks to all of you.

Finally, I am thankful for life and the ability to be able to share some time in this universe with everyone else that is here.  When I think about this and all that links us together across time and space, I can’t help but come to the conclusion of how cool and amazing this most basic point of existence is…
(I am also thankful for the cosmic ellipses that always seem to end sentences like the one above)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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