No, that isn’t a typo; its a deliberate misspelling. We are heading out soon to share a Thanksgiving feast with friends. Since we had a family celebration last weekend, most of our out-of-towners are unable to come back this week and, unfortunately, our in-towners are under the weather. Friends graciously invited us to join them.
A quick thought before I get ready to go. As a mother, one of the earliest words I taught my children was thank-you. Even before they could possible repeat the words, I voiced the syllables when I handed them toys or food. I don’t think I am unique; millions of mothers do the same.
Perhaps that is because expressing gratitude is vitally important, but completely unnatural. We want it to become second nature for our children because we know that their lives will be happier and more successful if they appreciate what is done for them.
Saying thank-you changes the way we think. It encourages recognition of those who surround us rather than selfishness. It forces us to think of what we can do for others as we recognize what others do for us. It leads us to count our blessings rather than stew in our grievances. It encourages optimism rather than pessimism. It changes the way we think about ourselves, our families, friends, society, country and world.
So, it saddens me when companies send emails wishing me a “Happy Turkey Day,” or encouraging me to skip Thanksgiving altogether and start Black Friday sales on Thursday. I stage my own personal rebellion against the weakening of the holiday by not running to the market on Thanksgiving even if I forgot a necessary item. I preferred it when stores were closed.
I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with thought, discussion, meaningful conversation and connectivity. Be sure to throw in some turkey and cranberry sauce as well.