I know, saying Thanksgiving and 2020 in the same sentence seems like a total contradiction in terms, but bear with me. I think we have a lot to be thankful for, and as we progress through these unusual times, there will be more.
First and foremost, we made it to the end of November. It may be different where you are, but here, that means almost nine months of this new normal. And we are still alive. I know not everyone is, but I am, and since you are reading this, I’ll jump to the conclusion that you are too.
And this year, more than most, that in itself is something to be thankful for. I am also healthy. It’s probably been one of the healthiest years I have had in recent memory. And no wonder. Never in my sixty-five years have I put so much effort into avoiding contact with germs. Or any other living organism, for that matter. They say the flu season will be bad this year, but I don’t know how that can happen. None of us are breathing the same air.
More than any year I can remember, I’m thankful for friends. This is for many reasons. First, except for my wife and my Dad, who can still drive to our home for Thanksgiving, there will be no family this year. Our nieces and nephews are doing their own hibernation, and no one wants to be the one to cause illness in a loved one.
Our daughter, who is in the opposite corner of the country, is staying put. It’s coming up on a year since we’ve seen her, which coincidentally, was during our last vacation. Or travel of any kind. Sometime in 2021, come hell or high water, we will get together. Even if we both have to drive to Denver for lunch.
But also, I’m thankful for friends because I have so many now. More than at any other period of my life. We live in a beautiful community full of caring people, all of which I am proud to call a friend. We are somewhere in the middle age-wise, but we have friends from fifty-five to over ninety years old, and we still see them often, if only at the mailbox.
I am thankful for my health. As I said, I am as healthy as I have been in many years and enjoy long walks in the park, kittens, and… no wait, that’s a different article. But the point is, I get up early each day, enjoy my coffee and good food. I can walk as far as…