David Leonhardt in The Times this morning had an inspired column on Thanksgiving. Can I pass some of it on to you here? He asked people to write in 6 words what they are thankful for. Here are some of them.
Sunny mornings, a window facing east.
The backyard haircuts are getting better
Ambulance took him. He came home.
Held my son as he died.
So grateful to live in Canada
Out of prison with a great job
Faith, family, friends, dedicated health professionals.
My parents live two blocks away
Dr. Fauci and all truth tellers
Volunteers who take experimental drugs
Windows have never been so important
Reached age 92, grandson reached 3
I watched her learn to read
Thankful for learning, in my pajamas
Rediscovering myself by reading the Bible
Tried, failed, failed worse, kept going
God, family, freedom, Trump, USA
Trump is our best president ever
Biden won the election––thank God
Americans waited in line to vote
Democracy triumphed now pass the stuffing
Zoom Thanksgiving beats an ICU Christmas
The many people who deliver food
There’s really more kindness than hate
I proposed and she said yes.
He also quoted Pope Francis who recalled recently the nurses who saved his life after he was hospitalized at age 21. He said that to come out of the pandemic strong we need to let ourselves be touched by others’ pain.
I’ll add my own 6 word thanks, from the Bible.
“Living I thank you this day”