It’s the day before Thanksgiving, that wondrous holiday in the U.S. that marks the cooperation between a group of indigenous people and newly arrived immigrants. As a historian, I know that what began with cooperation and high hopes devolved into centuries of conflict. So for many people, Thanksgiving is a difficult holiday to observe. And the outcome of the recent presidential election may make some family reunions even more uncomfortable this year.
Since the election, I’ve been at a loss for words. This morning, I read novelist Celeste Ng’s wonderful article about giving thanks, and I decided to share her words here.
I hope we all find things to be thankful for, tomorrow and every day.
And for a non-historical, non-political closing, I’ll leave you with this. Guaranteed to bring a smile.