Galen here, once again borrowing Marlene’s blog for a holiday post.
Sometimes it is the tiniest of things for which I am thankful. For example, this year I am thankful for the little ball of energy and bitey-ness pictured here, who came into our lives (and care) last month and has been growing ever since.
I have been spending a lot of time with her — rather unavoidably, considering she had to be syringe-fed when we got her — but of course I found it no great burden to take care of such a wee kitten. She has been a distraction as well, but only in part.
Unlike Thanksgiving two years ago, I am finding a bit more hope that this country may yet move past the governance by the unfit. Too political a statement for this post? Too political for the virtual Thanksgiving table? Perhaps, but these are not times that permit much beating around the bush nor falling sway to distractions. We can be thankful that there is yet time and space to act to preserve our republic and to work towards a more perfect realization of our country’s best ideals — to say nothing of acting to keep our planet habitable — but so much work lies ahead of us all.
Let us eat, drink, and be merry, for falling prey to hopelessness achieves nothing, but let us also consider what must happen for us to be even more thankful in future years.
- The Invisible Caravans by Stephanie Leutert. Consider these people — not an invading army — who ought to arrive here to a better welcome than I fear they’ll get. Consider also the soldiers sent to the border for no good reason this Thanksgiving.
- Six Thanksgiving Foods Affected by Climate Change
- How Voting Rights Fared in the Midterms by Jeffrey Toobin
- Thanksgiving for Native Americans: Four Voices on a Complicated Holiday by Julie Turkewitz
- Learn to Care for Orphan Kittens by Hannah Shaw, the Kitten Lady