As I said in my post yesterday, Thanksgiving brings up a lot of feelings for me. It’s not just the family members who have passed on that get me thinking, though.
Like Christmas, Thanksgiving is a secular holiday for me and for most of my family and friends. I don’t put on any pretense that this holiday has anything to do with something positive in our history. In fact, the history of Thanksgiving is pretty messed up.
This time of year always gets me thinking about historical revisionism and the way that we write history so that we come out looking like the best possible version of ourselves.
When I first started studying history in college, I was shocked to find that so much of what I learned at school was at best morally ambiguous, at worst morally repugnant.
That said, I have a hard time with the notion that Thanksgiving itself has anything to do with happy pilgrims and Native Americans holding hands and eating turkey.
What I don’t have a problem with in regards to Thanksgiving is the notion of coming together with the people I care about and preparing to usher in a time of cold and hardship with a celebration of warmth and love.
I also think it’s important that we remember to be thankful for the things in our lives that make the upcoming winter season easier for us.
This year I am thankful for my chosen family first and foremost. From my chosen partner and our furry babies to our friends and the people that we choose to have in our lives. When I think about it, I have a small army of people behind me at any one time. And that knowledge makes it possible for me to fight any battle, knowing that I will be backed up no matter what.
I’m thankful as always for my health and the health of those around me. And for my blood family that have grown so much with me over the past year, who support me in everything that I do, and who I love so much.
I’m very thankful for my job. And for the comfort that having employment at a place like that affords me.
I’m also thankful for turkey. And pie. And other delicious noms.
And for you, reading this. Because your support and readership means a lot to me as I’m growing this space. Thank you for being here.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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