I hope the holiday is a festive and happy one for everyone. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because, if you get into the spirit of the day, you almost have to take a step back and really look at your life and all the blessings you have. Yes, it can be hectic and stressful cleaning and cooking and traveling, but hopefully you will all have the opportunity to pause at some point and really, truly be thankful.
Be thankful for friends and family, of course, and for all those in your life that love and care about you. Be thankful that you are alive, that you live in a free country, and that you live in an age when you can communicate with people all around the world, easily and freely. Be thankful for the servicemen and women who defend our country and help to preserve our freedoms. On the heels of an historic election, be thankful that you can vote-- even in America it wasn't all that long ago that women and minorities couldn't.
If you are lucky enough to have a job, house, car, etc., be thankful for all of those things-- and remember those that don't and do what you can for them. If, like me, you are a sports junky, be grateful for the athletes that can't spend Thanksgiving with their families because they are playing a game for your entertainment (and if you would want to root for Kurt Warner on Thursday, I wouldn't be opposed, since he is my quarterback in my fantasy football league).
And remember to relax and enjoy-- and be thankful that we live in a world of enough plenty where we can relax and enjoy. Then, on Friday, come back into the Library and be thankful for all the wonderful things we have to offer to you. Enjoy our DVDs, or read our newspapers, or play a little Wii with the kids. Oh-- and we have books, too. Good ones! Free with membership (which is also free).
So, I'll add that onto the list, too. Be thankful for free, public libraries. I know I am.
And, just because it may be the single funniest turkey-related TV episode EVER, be thankful for Youtube and the fact that you can watch this whenever you like.
"As god is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.