November 26, 2003


A Thanksgiving Message

2003 has been a tough year. Fathers, brothers, mothers, and sisters are dying overseas. Scandals continue to rock the nation. And politics are, well politics are what they have always been … topsy-turvy. The economy is in the porcelain fixture. We worry and struggle to hang onto our jobs, and the immediate future of our country does not look bright. With this said, there is still much to be thankful for.

First and foremost, we can be thankful for our families and friends. It is with their support and understanding that we make it through each day. We are thankful for our children who, no matter what, always look up to us, put a smile on our face, and love in our heart. To our parents, who if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here today, and for the wisdom they pass on to us as we continuously seek answers. We are thankful for our spouses and, or, loved ones with whom we make this journey through life.

In San Diego and Southern California, we can be thankful that more lives and homes weren’t lost during the recent fires. We can be thankful for the effort and courage of all the firefighters, and we can be thankful for all the support from various communities to those who lost loved ones and homes.

And even though we don’t all acknowledge this holiday for what history has now taught us about Pilgrims and Native Americans, we can transform the founding idea of this age-old celebration and begin to thank our unsung community activists who, in all efforts, strive to provide a world of social justice in the face of age-old colonialism.

We are thankful for the opportunity to live in a country that offers the opportunity to disagree with its practices without capital punishment. We can also be thankful that here in the United States we are able to seek out the tools and opportunities necessary in order to create change for our future children and ourselves.

We can be thankful that we are here to write this message to you, and you are able to read it. We can be thankful for our steadfast hopes that tomorrow is a new day, and a new start, and that you will be there to share it with us …

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