Giving Thanks

Busy Airport
We used to take so many things for granted – the ability to travel; gathering with family and friends, being entertained in stadiums & movie theaters; and walking around wherever we please without the need for a mask or social distancing. The arrival of Covid-19 has changed all of that.

Thanksgiving Family Dinner
Here in the United States, Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season. Historically, the day before Thanksgiving has been the most heavily traveled day of the year. Celebrations include family and friends.

Dinner for Two
Due to the pandemic, our Thanksgiving celebrations will be on a much smaller scale, with most people simply staying at home.

Holding Hands
Visiting usually means reconnecting and sharing…

Virtual Kissing
But this year many will have to settle for phone calls and video feeds.

And yet there are still many things to be grateful for. Obviously we all depend upon local resources for food, gasoline, utilities, etc. One thing I hadn’t considered was the origin of many of the items I use on a daily basis, and I was surprised to discover that it really requires a worldwide effort.

World Map on Hands
In the margins of the above photo is a partial list of the items I use and their countries of origin.  It’s astounding! Each of these items connects me to people all over the world.

World Flags
This year on Thanksgiving I’m going to be thankful for everyone everywhere – people I may never meet, but whose presence in my daily life will be forever appreciated. Take a closer look at your own life and you will discover how truly connected we are like one big family.

Thanks for Reading & Happy Thanksgiving!

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