“How dare the weather disrupt my thanksgiving plans! I am so busy!”
I am wondering when and how man got so jaded and self important that they actually want to blame mother nature for the somehow impeding their travel plans that look wonderful on a schedule, but with the reality of bad weather, makes "your" plans irrelevant.
Thank you to the friends that sent “happy thanksgiving” notes and messages - especially those on the east coast that are having bad weather today and filling me in with the new of the panic and lunacy that frozen water flakes – aka: snow – is bringing to various parts of the country on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Unless you have experienced the deep south panicking with the thought of snow falling, where you walk into a grocery store and watching in amazement where people are hording milk, bread and eggs because a forecaster said, “there might be a chance for a snowflake to fall.” This post will not make much sense to you.
I think the only natural disaster I have not experienced, nor do I really want to, is a volcanic eruption. The lesson is, man can make great schedules and plans, but Mother Nature does what Mother Nature wants. Why does man blame the weather for change in their lives?
While I will miss my family and the traditional feast of turkey and stuffing and just hanging out with my mom, dad, brothers and anyone else that we would wrangle that didn’t have a place to go eat thanksgiving dinner - the more the merrier.
It is almost embarrassing to hear or think of the emotions and self impotence some folks are displaying to try to get on a plane, train, jump a lane in traffic, or lament that their plans are changed via mother nature. Below are a few of the stories from german school classmates , which are simply snippets of a life of a refugee. Take a few moments, read their tales, and when you get done, whether you believe in god or not – maybe say, “thank you.”
The reason I loved thanksgiving so much is that it was not so commercialized as Christmas or Easter. The American marketing machine and the lunacy of “lifestyle” media has done a great job at trying to tell everyone they need to have items, a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i…to have successful holiday.
Of course, they neglect to mention that a team of 100 people have worked on creating an image that no mortal human will be able to live up to unless they put amphetamines in their coffee and spent a week just working on one meal.
I will go out for a donner kabob for my thanksgiving dinner treat. A 10 lb turkey is $85 dollars and since it is not a holiday in Switzerland, i just will regress back to another holiday meal outside the USA. In some ways I smile, for many thanksgivings, I was on the road and it was interesting to meet other who had nowhere to go for the holiday.
If you do have somewhere, even if the weather and other people have caused delays or tribulations. Take some time during that delay and think about how lucky you are to be inside the United States and the freedoms you do have.
Happy Thanksgiving. Blessings to you and all of your families.
Please remember to eat a forkful of yum for me – let me know how delicious it was!