Earlier this week, I heard a Thanks Giving ad on the radio – I can’t remember who the retailer was – but the “hook” was a call to change “Thanks Giving” to “Giving Thanks.” The ad was clever because worded this way and the examples used in the radio ad, it emphasized what we might be truly thankful for.
Among all of the muck we deal with on a daily basis, be that concern over school shootings, global warming, genocide in Darfur…etc., we still have an awful lot to be thankful for. In my case it’s good health for me and my family, wonderful kids who “get it” and a wife-partner in Heather with whom there is no one else I would rather spend my time and have as my best friend.
But in terms of giving thanks, I thought about that for a minute this morning as Heather and I prepared the turkey, and yes, with Willie Nelson playing in the background. All I could think of was the link Garth Turner provided in his blog entry on 9/11 this year that linked to one of the most thought-provoking and gut-wrenching tribute videos I have ever seen and that Garth most appropriately named the link thank you. Of course I watched it once alone, then called Heather in to watch it again with me, tissue and all. What pain those families must still be feeling. What the men and women still in Afghanistan must be thinking today and what they must be feeling thankful for, just being alive I imagine.
To those brave soldiers still there but that I wish they did not have to be, but especially to those and the families and friends of those fallen in the video and to all others who, throughout Canada’s history have fallen in our defense, tonight when we sit to cut into a bird big enough to feed a small army, and when our family raises its glass to say cheers and happy Thanks Giving I will close my eyes for a moment and give thanks to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice and to whom we owe our deepest gratitude.