Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving thanks again

Another helping of candied yams?
Once again, I choose to overlook the reality behind the Thanksgiving tradition.  You know?  The bit about the insane religious fanatics who betrayed the very people who were moved out of pity to rescue said fanatics from starvation?   (Refer to Eugene's blog for specifics).

Instead, I choose to co-opt the Thanksgiving holiday and wield it for my own purpose; specifically, to express gratitude to the Great Whatever.  After all, what harm in adhering to the spirit behind Thanksgiving, rather than the sordid reality?

And so, to that end, I put forth this list of items for which I am eternally grateful:

  1. Maty Bombay Diop Cariaga, my wife.  Maty is the best stroke of blind luck that ever landed in my undeserving lap.  We've been together now for nearly five years.  Just like all couples, we've had our ups and downs, but never does a day go by when I don't say "Merci, Mon Dieu."

  2. Tribe of Ross.  Despite the ravages of time, the passage of many loved ones, and even a little internecine feuding, the Tribe of Ross remains strong and united.  That won't change.  Ever.

  3. Friends.  So many I can't possibly name them all.   Friends from today and from yesterday.  Coworkers, bandmates, and former lovers.  My life has been a catalog of good and decent people.

  4. Travels.  I've set foot on five continents, visited 23 countries and 23 states.  I've seen sights that becalm the heart, that roil the sensibilities, that stupefy, horrify, humble and amaze.  I wouldn't trade any of it for any amount of money.

  5. Home.  My house in Hawthorne.  In Portland.  In Oregon.  The best place in the world. 
The blessings I've received in this life are more than anyone deserves. Even if it were all to end today, even if the hopeful (in spite of it all) future were truncated abruptly, I could not have reason to complain or to feel cheated.

To do so would be an affront to God.

Best wishes to all on this Thanksgiving holiday!


Eugene said...

Used to be that the "Genocide Cover-Up Day" KBOO special would get calls from folks saying,"Don't be such a downer on my holiday." Oddly, now, we get a LOT of calls where people listen in every year as a tradition as they prepare their holiday meal. Good food with family a friends and being thankful with a dose of reality behind the holiday.

I am thankful for my wonderful wife, Shuli, and our kids, and our new home, and our work, and the noise we make in this world.

Anonymous said...

Victor, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Sarah said...

lovely post, Dade. I feel remarkably the same way. Happy Thanksgiving.

Dan Binmore said...

open the door you little fucker!

Anonymous said... are amazing, your words are so real. I love you Dade

Ridwan said...

Thanks for writing brother. Your blog makes me hopeful.

Eid Mubarak to Maty and you.