Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. This morning as I was putting Mr. Turkey in a dry-brine (really the only way to prepare a turkey, in my humble libtard opinion), I was smiling to myself thinking about the upcoming feast, with our house full of friends and family and heavenly smells emanating from the overworked kitchen. (Yes, I just linked to a recipe, because this is a mommyblog, didn’t you know?). Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because we celebrate it with a relaxed gathering of people I care about without the stress that Christmas always brings with it. It is also my favorite holiday because it makes me reflect on how fortunate I am and on all the things I have to be thankful for.
I’m thankful for my wife, my best friend, who somehow manages to tolerate me and all my foibles. She keeps me going every day.
I’m thankful for my children and stepchildren, who are all smart, funny, and talented.
I’m thankful for my friends, the ranks of which have swelled since I started this political activist online stuff. I am privileged to have so many people who are close to me, who support me, and are always there for me.
I am thankful for my dogs and cats, who enrich our lives every day. Coming home to a pack of dogs who are excited to see you, every single time, is one of the best things ever. A pet’s love is unconditional, a true rarity in this world.
I am thankful for my law partner, who is often a giant pain in the ass, but is the most loyal partner you could dream of having. Practicing law is difficult enough without having to watch your back, and I am fortunate that I work with a guy who has my back instead of wanting to stab it.
I am thankful that I live in relative comfort, with a roof over my head, a reliable vehicle, and enough money to pay the bills and feed my family. Many in this country cannot say that. Despite all our progress, poverty still defines the life of far too many Americans. It ought not to be that way when so many, including our newly elected president, have millions or billions of dollars. The interest a billionaire earns in a day would feed, clothe, and house several families for a year. There is no fairness to it.
I am thankful that I live in a nation that outlaws discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, and sex. As I have written before, our nation’s strength lies in its diversity, not in some fearful retreat to our bigoted past that many Donald Trump supporters now openly advocate. Last night I had a drink and a thoughtful conversation with an old friend and fellow lawyer. He is a conservative who voted for Trump, and he doesn’t agree with much that we write here on this website, but he is a good guy and a good lawyer with an interesting life and a positive outlook. On Thursday the guests will include a Middle Eastern man, now an American citizen, who often has the word “terrorist” thrown in his face; a married same-sex couple; and my bubba stepson, who drives an eighteen-wheeler, plays with remote-control cars as a hobby, is completely ignorant of politics, and who often makes me laugh until tears come to my eyes. It is a diverse group, and what makes them interesting is their different backgrounds and attitudes. My circle of friends and family is stronger in its diversity and so is our society.
I am thankful that America protects freedom of speech so that a middle-aged Southern liberal lawyer like me can express political views on a website without fear that the government is going to throw me in jail as a dissident, as happens in many nations, including Trump pal Vladimir Putin’s Russia. And I am thankful that we have a strong and independent judiciary that will enforce the First Amendment no matter how much Trump whines about those who criticize him.
And I’m thankful for you. I write for my readers, and without you I might as well just keep a diary. You guys are smart, informed, and your comments and corrections are uniformly intelligent and supportive. When I write something that turns out well, you tell me. And I see you out there on Facebook and Twitter, sharing my words and the words of other writers who support our liberal cause, and I know that I am part of an army for progress that no one idiot president can defeat in the long run.
These are the things that I am thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!