Friday, January 15, 2021

And still, so much to be thankful for

| November 25, 2020 1:00 AM

That ol' turkey is going to look pretty lonely on the dinner table tomorrow.

If you're like most Americans, and we don't mean to presume that you are, there will be fewer eager faces hovering above the splendid feast where friends and families usually gather and give thanks.

This is the not-so-grand entrance of a holiday season being spoiled by a viral Grinch.

But it needn't be. No matter who's missing from the table tomorrow, and despite the many reasons most of us have to lament much of what's transpired this wretched year, chances are you can still find reasons to be thankful.

For the friends and other loved ones who care enough about each other to resist getting together and spreading COVID-19.

For the health care workers who won't have a day off tomorrow, or really anytime in the foreseeable future, because they're on a holy mission to keep us safe.

For the people who disagree with us agreeably, giving us an opportunity to grow our understanding and compassion.

For the little things in life, like the clever cat who will assault the turkey on the counter when nobody's looking, like the hot water at fingertip's reach so we can enjoy the act of getting clean, like the fresh, crisp air that says This is Thanksgiving in North Idaho.

For the memories of others that will live forever, giving these beautiful souls the immortality they deserve.

For the pounds you won't put on if you settle for a chicken patty and green beans instead of slaving in the kitchen for hours.

And for "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," a Thanksgiving movie tradition worthy of mandate.

Please enjoy your Thanksgiving as best you can. Just watch out for shower curtain ring salesmen, OK?