I worked retail for fifteen years. Fifteen. Christmas. Seasons. I remember back in the day when opening the store at eight in the morning was sacrilege! I've seen first hand what crazy looks like on Black Friday. There are those in the "biz" who will scoff and say: But people NEED to shop. . .it helps the economy. My question is: Whose economy?
There are greater worries in this world than in what order you'll be "in line" for the midnight opening of Target. Seriously. If you think for one minute the ivory tower retail "executives" will have to arrive at work at eleven thirty this evening to work a ten hour day beginning at midnight--you'd be dead wrong. If you lament "But the prices are sooo good, how can I NOT shop now?" Well that is entirely up to you to make that decision. What I'd ask you to consider is this: If the retailers felt so unabashedly generous and grateful for YOUR hard-earned cash, why are they not making offers too-good-to-be-true during regular business hours? That's all I'm asking. Stop the insanity.
Well. I suppose I can hop off my horse now and get to the heart of what today is all about. My thankful list. It's a short one, but quite powerful in its design. I am most grateful for: a loving husband, my sister, our canines (the three we have left. . . god love every single last one of them) our home and. . . my health.
I am fast approaching the half century mark. Dr. Thyme and I have been vegan now for four years. It's changed us both for the better. It's changed me in more ways than I can count. My health-o-meter is five stars. I can still run a 5k in under 30 minutes. I can walk five miles. I can hike 3 miles of heavy hills. . . with a backpack. I can bike twenty miles--maybe more, but I haven't tested this. I can garden an entire day (I've tested this!). I can run--not three errands, but five or six in one day and not feel like I've just finished a marathon. *Because running errands to me really does feel like an Olympic feat sometimes. My blood pressure is perfect. My physical being overall is--to the best of my knowledge. . . well, it's darn near perfect.
My vegan life has helped make all this possible. People constantly ask, What do you do on Thanksgiving!? Really? . . .
It's ONE day out of possibly the next twenty Thanksgiving one-day moments I have left. What do you mean, What do I do about Thanksgiving?
We cook! We give thanks.