Discussing politics around the Thanksgiving family table is verboten, of course, so I’m starting this blog by insisting that the next sentence is not political, but a literary device to get the conversation going…. (and I really do like Auntie Gert’s cranberry hash…)
As I was cruising the Internet on my way to write my annual Thanksgiving blog, I came across a headline that seems to sum up so much of the national mood: “Palin Says Most Professors Godless” So, in the spirit of the season, let’s start our list of all of the things for which we must give thanks this way:
We give thanks for the tremendous gifts of Freedom of Speech, Thought and Belief. We Americans are privileged to live in a country where we can spend every day exercising our right to say the most outrageous things, and sometimes even get paid for doing so.
We give thanks for the gift of modern technology that allows us to hear, read, watch and respond to every outrageous thing immediately.
We give thanks for the faith that allows us to forgive those who claim we’re godless. Poor dear, must not get out much. God bless her.
We give very special thanks for the women and men who are in far away dangerous places right now, serving in the armed forces to protect our rights and freedoms. We give thanks for all of the people who are putting their lives on the line to keep us safe.
We give thanks for a way of life that, even through a deep recession, continues to be the wealthiest and most advanced culture in human history.
We give thanks for the peace we enjoy each day in this nation, a place where we can have the most raucous of political arguments but, in the end, we make it work together and in relative harmony in spite of so many deep political differences.
We give thanks that we live in a place that actually takes time out each year to give thanks — an official day off to do mostly nothing but cook up a storm, gather family and friends, eat and enjoy the simple pleasures. Give thanks!
We give thanks for the families that are the inevitable, inescapable, irascible and wonderful magnets pulling us along the highways and through the skies this weekend. YOU, our families, are the reason why we put up with pat downs and look-sees and the food at the Maryland House on I-95. Love ya! Pass the potatoes. (Yes, there is an “e”… but only in the plural, Cousin Dan!)
We give thanks that Dancing With The Stars is over.
We give thanks for whatever small glimmer of joy we can extract from the mostly painful experience of watching the Redskins week after week.
We give thanks for all the people who have to work through the holidays so that we can enjoy them. Special thanks to all of our Public Safety and Residence Life staff at Trinity who are on duty on Thanksgiving. Thank you!
At Trinity, we have so much for which we can be thankful.
We give thanks for the indomitable spirit of our students, who are the reason why we get up in the morning, work hard all day, and think long through the night about how we can do an even better job of helping our students to be academically successful.
We give thanks for the creative genius and courage of our founders, the Sisters of Notre Dame who persisted in the idea of Trinity through hardship and opposition to create one of the world’s great places of learning.
We give thanks for the tremendous devotion of our faculty and staff, some of the hardest working people I know, whose dedication to our students is legendary.
We give thanks for the alumnae and alumni of Trinity, our graduates whose achievements show the world the fulfillment of our mission each day.
We give thanks for the great generosity of the benefactors and friends whose gifts of “time, talent and treasure” are irreplaceable.
We give thanks for the great family of Trinity, our long traditions and our high hopes for the future.
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thank you for all that you do to make Trinity such a great place to live, learn, work and growth together each day.