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November 26, 2009

Posted by Jim Macdonald at 12:15 AM * 72 comments

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.

To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battlefield; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Comments on Thanksgiving:
#1 ::: Rainflame ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 01:13 AM:

Happy Thanksgiving to all and I'll add my prayer for the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation

#2 ::: MacAllister ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 02:09 AM:

Happy Thanksgiving, Making Light. May your day be warm, full of light and love and bounty, and may you have much to be thankful for.

#3 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 02:25 AM:

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and don't nobody miss the Happy Thanksgiving Sidelight. I've never seen that before.

#4 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 03:07 AM:

Happy Thanksgivings, and, while MST3K's movie marathons are now a thing of the far Past, may your day be brightened by turkeys. For those who want to go on a brief ride down Memory Lane, click here.

#5 ::: Craig R. ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 05:42 AM:

notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battlefield

a man who truly grieved for all members of his nation

#6 ::: Earl Cooley III ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 08:03 AM:

Serge #4: may your day be brightened by turkeys

Fwoosh! (via Lila)

#7 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 08:05 AM:

Happy Thanksgiving, to all for whom that is possible. Happy November 26, for those whose circumstances or history make the festival too loaded to invoke by name.

And thank you, everyone on Making Light, for creating and maintaining this community. Thanks to my fellow mods for letting me come play; to the regulars for the daily bread of comments, support, puns and poetry; to the occasional posters for the variety and amusement of your contributions; and to the lurkers, for supporting me in the email.

I am also thankful that when the welders started the fire at the self-storage building cattercorner from my office a couple of hours ago, no one was hurt or killed. The evacuation seems to have gone fairly smoothly. I hope the fire doesn't spread to our building, or at least that our offsite backup strategy is effective.

#8 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 09:50 AM:

To take the day literally, I give thanks for Making Light :)

#9 ::: B. Durbin ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 10:25 AM:

I give thanks for the Muppets.

And many other things too.

#10 ::: Magenta Griffith ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 10:31 AM:

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it today. I am thankful for Making Light, and that I have home, family, and a turkey that seems to be completely thawed. Time to get to cooking.

#11 ::: Hilary Hertzoff ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 10:32 AM:

Happy Thanksgiving or Happy Thursday, whichever you may celebrate.

I give thanks for The official Sesame Street twitter.

#12 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 10:51 AM:

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Light Makers.

And thanks for posting this, Jim. I'd never read it before. That Lincoln guy had a way with a word.

#13 ::: Ken Houghton ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 11:01 AM:

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

(Note that previous Presidents Pierce and Buchanan both were asked to declare Thanksgiving a National Holiday and didn't.)

#14 ::: David Harmon ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 11:17 AM:

I'm giving thanks for my loving and supporting family, without whom I'd probably be dead by now, or worse.

And Making Light is pretty thanks-worthy too....

#15 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 11:20 AM:

Earl Cooley III @ 6... Heh. And here is the frozen turkey I am planning to watch tonight.

I looked for a YouTube clip showing the time the MythBusters built an air cannon to shoot frozen turkey at airplanes, but it's not there. So, no cannonfowl.

(By the way, their experiment last night showed what would happen to a deep-sea diver 300 feet under the surface, should his air supply be suddenly interrupted. 'Disgusting' is one way to describe it.)

#16 ::: Suzanne M ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 12:22 PM:

Happy Thanksgiving, or happy Perfectly Normal Weekday.

If anyone isn't already reading the Letters of Note blog regularly, enjoy this Thanksgiving post about complaint letters that poured in when FDR tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to lengthen the Christmas shopping season.

Not that he needed to go to such lengths. While the major holiday sales don't start until tomorrow, all the stores in my area put up their Christmas decorations and started playing Christmas music on November 1.

#17 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 12:26 PM:

I have so much to give thanks for, this year and every year, but most of all my amazing children. The communities I'm part of, including this one, are not far behind.

The last few years, I've been thankful that both I and my wife have work, and that for both of us it's work we love doing. I wish and hope for many others to have or find the same.

#18 ::: beth meacham ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 12:31 PM:

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you! I hope the day is full of the things you love.

#19 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 12:39 PM:

My many thanks to Teresa & Patrick, who created their version of Rick's Café Américain. If not for this place, Life would be very lonely, and poorer because some of my dearest friendships would never have happened. What we each do affects other people's lives, and the Law of Unintended Consquences sometimes throws the Ball in our Court.

#20 ::: John Houghton ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 12:44 PM:

Serge, "Come home with your helmet or in it"? 140 PSI of vacuum can wreak much damage, I expect. But a failsafe shouldn't be difficult (spring loaded poppets along the hose?), the problem then becomes how to ascend 300 feet and get into a decompression chamber before passing out or getting an embolism.

#21 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 12:56 PM:

As my mother called to say this morning feliz Dia de Acción de Gracias.

#22 ::: Jenny Islander ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 01:09 PM:

I'm thankful that management at the Wal-Mart where I have to go to work tomorrow staged a quiet rebellion. Rather than force employees and patrons to listen to Christmas music for an entire month before Thanksgiving, they simply turned off the company-decreed piped-in music. They also kept the required Christmas bumf in a corner until, presumably, tomorrow.

#23 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 01:15 PM:

John Houghton @ 20... Apparently, the first diving suits didn't have that failsafe. Without it, the results are quite messy, as the MythBusters found out.

#24 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 02:10 PM:

Serge, 15: It was chickens, not turkeys.

All: thank you for making my online life a source of joy and weird YouTube clips.

#25 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 02:24 PM:

TexAnne @ 24... Right. They'd have had to make an even bigger cannon, to fit a turkey in.

A followup to my comment @ 19...

I also want to thanks storytellers for their tales. Speaking of those yarn spinners, one of them, MK Hobson, suggests here that the Granny featured in Norman Rockwell's famous Thanksgiving painting has to be an atomic mutant endowed with superstrength because how else can she be carrying that huge bird around with such ease?

Thanks, all of you.

#26 ::: Lin Daniel ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 02:45 PM:

Thank you, one and all.

#27 ::: Bether ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 03:12 PM:

Be well, and happy Thanksgiving (for those for whom it is relevant).

I am grateful to this web community. Even though I don't contribute as much as I wish I did, you all have provided me with untold joy and wisdom over the years. Thank you.

#28 ::: OtterB ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 04:22 PM:

As a regular reader and sometime-commenter, I am thankful for a place where I can count on finding sense, civility, poetry, recipes, discourse on language and writing and Life, and just enough weirdness ... but most of all the civility.

#29 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 05:30 PM:

I just came back from a buffet. I ate too much. And I'm tired from last night's corporation-induced spending of midnight oil. I need a nap.

#30 ::: caffeine ::: (view all by) ::: November 26, 2009, 08:22 PM:

The Virginia DOT has put up a sign beside Hwy 28 for the past couple of weeks that says "DO NOT DRIVE LIKE A TURKEY," then flashes to "HAPPY THANKSGIVING." The first few times I passed it I was doing 5 mph anyhow in evening rush traffic, so I gave a few brain cycles to wondering exactly how a turkey would drive.

I don't often comment, but the discussions here are absolutely wonderful. I know I can always come here for civil, intelligent discussions. Thank you.

#31 ::: Lydy Nickerson ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 12:23 AM:

I don't comment here much, but I read faithfully. Thank you to all the moderators and commentators. Making Light is a part of my daily life.

#32 ::: KeithS ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 01:22 AM:

Thinking about it, I realize I have an awful lot of things to be thankful for, but for now I'll pick two. I'm thankful for ML and all the people here. Second, I'm thankful that today went much better than I expected.

#33 ::: stefan jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 03:33 AM:

Greatful that my dog, who scrambled over the kennel fence as I left after dropping her off Wednesday evening, didn't get too far. Man, pretty athletic for eight and a half.

Had a very good and very large meal with the West Coast branch of the family. Went into one of those turkey comas, while reading a New Yorker article about famine in North Korea. With the help of coffee, had dessert and then drove to Walnut Creek for an evening with good friends whose kids are substitute nephews. Tomorrow, back there again to see The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Oh, man, I am so full.

#34 ::: Constance ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 11:24 AM:

A perfectly lovely day, from weather, to company to food.

Though it seems that with the exception of myself and a couple of others, everyone including the adolescents, were under the weather with something or other.

So we who weren't having upset tummies or allergies or colds evidently believed it our obligation to be even more cheery and helpful and happy to signal our appreciation for the bravery and good nature of the others who all stoutly were determined to carry on and make a Good Day for everyone else.

I spent 2 1/2 hours doing the clearing-up and clean-up single-handedly, except for one person who dried dishes. That really cheered up those who didn't feel so well, including the hosts!

This AM I was describing yesterday then, over the phone. My friend said, "I do believe you're invoking the voice of Louisa May Alcott in Little Women!" This delighted my amiga no end.

She might be right! The above was very LMAish. Hmmmm. Channeling, you know, can be carried Too Far. :)

Lucky me, no shopping for anything for the entire weekend, which is why I ran myself so ragged the last week prior to Thanksgiving, so I wouldn't have to be Out There on the streets of Lower Manhattan, where, perhaps, Combat Shopping was invented.

However, as I discovered while trying to spend money shop in the week prior to Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the retailers seemed determined that I would not do so. In fact, the National Public Rhetoric financial program and the NY Times confirmed that, why yes, retailers had devised a strategy this year to limit inventory and choice, thus shoppers would be forced to buy whatever they threw at us, and not even need to lure the shopper with discounts. How has that worked for them? Not so good. Just one example: I couldn't find a plain blanket, for instance, in Bed, Bath and Beyond. Nor was anyone in the stadium store in the least interested that I wanted a blanket, rather than an expensive throw,a backless robe (why?) or a blanket backed with wool designed to look like wool on the back of a sheep, or yet another comforter or duvet (I have several -- it's my plain blankets that have all worn out).

Love, C.

#35 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 11:29 AM:

Constance @ 34... "I do believe you're invoking the voice of Louisa May Alcott in Little Women!"

Like this?

#36 ::: Jenny Islander ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 01:22 PM:

My husband and I have had an ongoing problem with overbuying for our part of the Thanksgiving feast (each family brings a side and the host does the turkey and the ham). It was supposed to be a small Thanksgiving this year, so I created a small hors d'oeuvre course, trying to avoid yet another year of slowly spoiling jars of dip and so forth. My husband frowned at it and decided to buy more and I was too tired to argue (due to have a baby around the end of the year). When we got there, I learned that his extended family regards "small" as:

Him, me, and our two;
Host (husband's brother), hostess, oldest son in gap year, youngest son in high school, and middle daughter on surprise visit from college;
Hostess's brother, his two, and his daughter's boyfriend;
Host's other brother-who-lives-in-town;
Husband's sister;
One large hopeful dog and two small.

We didn't take a lot of our own leftovers home this time!

My girls were ecstatic to see their favorite cousin (the one home from college) and she looked after them with patience and good humor so that I could skunk everybody at Mexican Train Dominoes--well, for the first two rounds anyway; after that they ganged up on me--and my husband could rest on the couch. He woke up with a bug yesterday morning and took it very easy all day long so that he wouldn't have to ditch us and go home.

Oh, and my extended family has a lot of fantastic cooks, and I got to take two pies home. Pumpkin pie for breakfast for the next several days. Yum!

#37 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 01:37 PM:

Jenny Islander @ #36 "Mexican Train Dominoes"

Say what? Oh

#38 ::: David Harmon ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 02:45 PM:

We had a nice dinner -- Mom, 2 sisters, one of my hiking buddies [Marty, who's also Mom's next door neighbor], all their respective spouses, plus Marty's daughter and myself -- and my 5 nieces and nephews. The kids were quite well behaved, and all the food was great (despite having burned the first layer of marshmallows on the mashed sweet potatoes -- the char got picked off OK ;-) ). Today I went hiking with Marty -- fairly short (~7.5 miles), we got a sprinkling of sleet and it was pretty chilly, but we did pretty well, and probably burned off some of that feast.

#39 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 03:09 PM:

And today, I have leftovers. Life is good.

#40 ::: Constance ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 03:37 PM:

Serge -- Nnnnnnnno.

It's the opening of Little Women, in which Our Sisters began feeling sorry for themselves. "Christmas won't be like Christms with no presents this year." Plus their father is serving as a chaplain to the Union troops down south, "where the fighting was." Marmee had persuaded the girls to give up receiving presents in favor of donating the money for food and gifts for poor children instead. But the girls make lemonade from these lemons and enjoy themselves together while stitching sheet hems to make money.

Then, on Christmas Day they Marmee persuades them to give up their Christmas breakfast to a poor immigrant German family that has a sick mother and baby. They are called angels (our host's family's dog is named Angel -- I adore her) by the poor Germans they have helped. This makes up for going hungry all morning and having nothing but bread and milk as their belated breakfast-lunch on Christmas Day.

Their rich neighbor hears about their generosity and good deeds. He sends them a feast to make up for it, with THREE kinds of ice cream! Everything's great.

And so on and so forth.

Which is all more than you ever wanted to know!

Ho-ho-ho! :)

But I just remembered the best, maybe only good line from the Walk on the Wild Side flick, as uttered by Twist played by Jane Fonda, acting (emphasis upon ACTING) a poor starving girl of 1932, which was addressed to the leading man, named Dove: You act like a crazy person. You get hungry like a millionaire!"

Love, c.

#41 ::: Earl Cooley III ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 04:41 PM:

Constance #40: Their rich neighbor hears about their generosity and good deeds. He sends them a feast to make up for it, with THREE kinds of ice cream! Everything's great.

The quality of rich people, except for aberrant statistical outliers, has declined considerably since then.

#42 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 05:26 PM:

Earl, I'm sure the spirit of noblesse oblige is still as plentiful as ever, in the fiction section.

#43 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 05:35 PM:

Constance @ 40... Heheheh... It's been a long time since I've seen any of the movie adaptations. Have you got a favorite one? Mine would have Katharine Hepburn as Jo, Elizabeth Taylor as Amy, and Gabriel Byrne as Friedrich.

#44 ::: Caroline ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 06:53 PM:

I am either more irritable this year, or my family was more irritating this year, or both.

So it goes. I love my family, even if I had to get out of there after a while.

I am now busily wishing I had leftovers. Leftovers all went home with other people, which is probably for the best. But I would really like some pie.

#45 ::: Constance ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 08:47 PM:

I loathe all the film adaptations of Little Women.

Absolutely contra flow, I am more deeply influenced by Louisa May Alcott's socially acceptable writings than anyone can imagine. I know her works (including the socially unacceptable -- at least in her time), the period, her life, the lives of those of her context from father and mother and Thoreau and Emerson and Hawthorne so well, that I throw all the biographies written of her across the room (figuratively speaking) for they are so filled with error.

They don't even get what happens in the books right.

Love, C.

#46 ::: stefan jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 09:18 PM:

Rousing game of Ticket to Ride: Europe and leftovers at a friend's house.

#47 ::: stefan jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 09:22 PM:

Oh: "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" is an utter hoot.

Judging from the reaction of my friends' kids, suitable for young'uns, but it is really a movie for grown-ups.

#48 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 10:09 PM:

stefan, since you're a board game fan, have you tried Arkham Horror? As a big Lovecraft nut, I have become utterly obsessed with this game lately. I enjoy the cooperative nature, and it is just a lot of fun even if you don't win. We'll be getting together with a bunch of friends again to play on Sunday.

#49 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 27, 2009, 11:00 PM:

Constance @ 45... I'll make sure not to bring the movies up again.

#50 ::: stefan jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 01:13 AM:

#48: I'm having a hard time finding a new local game group, actually.

Haven't heard of Arkham Horror, but the last group I played with tried out Betrayal on Haunted Hill a few times.

#51 ::: Paul A. ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 11:58 AM:

Constance @ #40:

I find myself wondering why the rich neighbour didn't feed the poor German family himself in the first place, and save everybody some trouble.

#52 ::: Jenny Islander ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 01:12 PM:

Linkmeister, #37:

We play Mexican Train Dominoes with a set that goes up to double 15s. (The different amounts of dots are color coded so they're easier to tell apart, so instead of saying, frex, "13," we often find ourselves saying, "baby poop.")

First everybody draws 15 dominoes. Now check your hand. Did anybody get double 15 (double gold)? No? Then everybody draw one. Double 15? No? Draw again. This can go on until the pool of extra dominoes is exhausted.

When somebody finally gets double 15, it goes in the center. Now look at your hand. How long of a train can you build, beginning with a domino that has 15 dots on one end? This follows the basic rules that identical ends have to go together, so you might go 15:2, 2:0, 0:8, 8:9, etc.

Starting with the person to the left of the one who found the double 15, everybody lays down their train, radiating from the double 15 in the center. The goal is to get rid of as many dominoes as possible, preferably the highest denomination dominoes you have. Note that they are all read at face value, except double zero, which has a value of OUCH.

After the first round, you play dominoes one at a time. You can draw one domino and add it to your own train, the community train, or anybody else's open train; you can take a 15:something domino and start the community train if there isn't one already; or if you can't play at all after drawing one domino, your train is open and anybody can play on it until you are able to play on your own train again.

If you lay down a double number, you MUST IMMEDIATELY follow it with a connecting domino in the same turn. That is, if you lay down 4:4, you have to follow it with 4:something in the same turn. If you don't have a 4:something, you have to draw once. If you still can't play, everybody else has to try in turn order, and if nobody has anything in their hand that will match, they have to keep drawing dominoes in turn order until somebody gets something they can add to your train. Then play continues as above.

If you get down to one domino, you have to call, "Uno!" If somebody catches you before you do, you have to draw another domino.

The round ends when one person runs out of dominoes or nobody can play at all. Then everybody totals their points. Lowest total wins the round.

Subsequent rounds begin with the next lower double: double 14, then double 13, etc. The game ends when somebody breaks 1,000 points; when people decide that this will be the last round; or after double zero has been used as the center, depending on what people feel like doing.

#53 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 01:45 PM:

Jenny @ #52, wow. I've never played dominoes in my life, so it sounds complicated. I see elements of poker (Jacks or better to open) and gin (get rid of high cards). It also seems to have the possibility of going on for a long long time.

Thanks for the explanation.

#54 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 01:45 PM:

P.S. Thanks for the "Fantastic Mr. Fox" tip. We're thinking about going today.

#55 ::: Jenny Islander ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 02:54 PM:

Linkmeister #13: It's a leisurely social occasion with some of the possibilities for sudden reversals, temporary alliances, etc., found in the Uno card game. It is perfectly acceptable in our circle to gang up on another player or gloat when one wins a round--it's all in good fun because things can change with the next draw. Meanwhile we are nibbling on dessert and listening to Abba. When the alcoholic, underage, and pregnant people aren't present, I understand that beer is involved.

#56 ::: dcb ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 04:45 PM:

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.

And yes, thank you all for Making Light. Working from home a lot and not having a huge social life, this community helps keep me sane!

#57 ::: Constance ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 05:20 PM:

#49 - Serge

It's not personal, either for you or against you, or even me, for that matter.

You get to bring up whatever you like!

That I hate these movies is not your problem or your fault, and if you like them, that's about you, and it's nice to like things, you know?

I'm too happy and content right now to scold anyone about anything, unless they're xtian xtremists, rethuglians or otherwise determined to destroy my life, my home and my planet.

Love, c.

#58 ::: Constance ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 05:23 PM:

#51 ::: Paul A.

Just guessing here, but probably like so many rich people he hadn't notice the poor sick German immigrant family, and nobody told him.

However -- in defence of Mr. Lawrence, he did give Marmee a nice check to help with the charity organization she directs.

Love, c.

#59 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 05:26 PM:

Constance @ 57... I'm too happy and content right now to scold anyone about anything

Glad to hear!

#60 ::: Summer Storms ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 05:27 PM:

I am thankful for my friends and family, and for those who qualify as members of both groups.

I am thankful to have the ability to make the holiday more enjoyable for others. (My husband and I volunteered at the Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless, held at the restaurant where he is employed. And I am thankful that he has such a neat employer!)

I am thankful for yet another year of living, learning, and loving.

#61 ::: Constance ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 05:27 PM:

This was Boston, after all, in the 1860's, and there were many rich, particularly the 'old' rich with a social conscience. Marmee's family belonged to that world, but they'd lost all their money and had come down, so to speak. That she directs a charity organization is one way her 'world' is taking care of her for it is a paid position. There were very few of these for women in those days.

There are even now wealthy people with a social conscience, and some of them are even our friends. There are also the limouisine liberals, but I'm not including these particular friends in that classification.

Love, C.

#62 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 06:29 PM:

By the way, Constance, my comment @ 59 should have read "Glad to hear that there is happiness and contentment in your life!" May it stay that way.

#63 ::: Constance ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 06:44 PM:

#62 ::: Serge

And lest there be any doubt, that is exactly how I took it

Thank you!

Love, C.

#64 ::: eric ::: (view all by) ::: November 28, 2009, 11:23 PM:

I'm thankful for the local volunteers at the fire department.

#65 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: November 29, 2009, 12:48 AM:

eric @ 64 ...
I hope that's not from immediate and stressful experience...

#66 ::: eric ::: (view all by) ::: November 29, 2009, 01:47 AM:

It was stressful, and immediate (at the time). It was Halloween, and the 5yr old woke up at midnight having croupy breathing issues that went from 'we should call the dr' to 'there's no way I'm driving 30 minutes over cell phoneless roads to the ER' in about 10 minutes.

One of the local VFD paramedics showed up in his little SUV and gave oxygen followed a few minutes later by the ambulance proper, who had the nebulizer and drugs. All good, all successful.

And the 2.5 yr old's reaction was a little jealousy that he didn't get a ride. I'm just glad that he hasn't had an ambulance ride yet.

#67 ::: Janet Croft ::: (view all by) ::: November 29, 2009, 08:22 PM:

I'm thankful my daughter has recovered enough from the flu that laid her out on Thanksgiving Day that she is sitting up and playing WoW on her computer in the other room. And I'm thankful that we may soon be sitting down to watch Hogfather, or at least half of it. And that even if she is now All Better, I still have a reasonable excuse to stay home and spend the day with her tomorrow just to make sure.

#68 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: November 30, 2009, 07:01 PM:

I'm thankful that the leak behind the refrigerator on the morning after Thanksgiving day (Black Friday in truth) only damaged one book out of the hundreds whose containing boxes got wet. But I'm even more thankful that we celebrated Thanksgiving twice this year, the second time with our son and daughter-in-law and some really good vegetarian recipes.

#69 ::: Mycroft W ::: (view all by) ::: December 01, 2009, 05:40 PM:

This year, for reasons too complicated to entail, I was in India for the last Thursday in November. This year, the last Thursday in November was the 26th. Everybody was thankful (except the Sri Lankans, who were having the follow-on enforced in the second test). But not for the same reasons Americans were...the 26th of November has different connotations since last year there.

Of course, I worked my Thanksgiving (and Remembrance day, save Those Two Minutes), intending to take American Thanksgiving off to have fun in San Diego (and not shop), but ended up in India instead. So Thanks Delayed it is this year.

#70 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: December 17, 2009, 05:06 AM:

Mycroft W @69, lordy, a whole year!. It feels like about 4-6 months. A busy year, must have compressed time. Probably why Oz ABC ran a documentary – didn't have chance to watch.

#71 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: December 17, 2009, 05:07 AM:

Mycroft W @69, lordy, a whole year! It feels like about 4-6 months. A busy year has compressed time. Probably why Oz ABC ran a documentary – didn't have chance to watch.

#72 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: December 17, 2009, 05:17 AM:

Erg. Apologies for double post.

Idea of Thanksgiving is a good one (like Christmas), tho' application seems similarly flawed. I've much to be thankful for, & state it frequently.

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