Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Madness

"What hath God wrought?" ~ Samuel F. B. Morse

Well, Thanksgiving is over and today I am reminded why I'm thankful Thanksgiving comes only once a year. I never work so hard in one day (excepting maybe Christmas) as I do on Thanksgiving day. Between cooking and cleaning, eating, then cleaning up afterwards, I wonder why we continually put up with the headaches year after year.

All for one, albeit, sumptuous meal.

Why was yesterday a frenzy of activity, punctuated with arguments over who was doing the most work and whether whatever each of us did was helping the others?

Why do we put ourselves through so much suffering only to enjoy a 30 minute dinner, during which we stuff ourselves so full of a variety of foods that we feel bloated and uncomfortable for the rest of the day?

And why must we have two meat courses, four or five vegetable courses, and several choices for dessert? And why do we feel we must sample every one of those choices, especially since I am not supposed to be eating anything with sugar?

Why, on this one day, do we feel the necessity to try to commit suicide by gluttony?

Considering the work and frustration we put into it, I wonder why we bother.

Because it gives us a fleeting opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends, and reminds us that we have much to be thankful for, regardless of the tribulations of everyday existence.

Taking all these things under consideration, one realizes that the prize is worth the pain.

And now, we have--Black Friday.


Trader Rick said...

BLACK FRIDAY: One 400 buck kayak for 200! Not quite priceless, but a good deal nontheless...

tugboatcapn said...

I spent "Black Friday" right here at home with my Wife and new baby.

No shopping hassles, no traffic problems, no stress, no worries.

Maybe I missed out on terrific savings on something that I needed to buy, but then again, I will never know that.

What I do know is that I had a wonderful day with my family.

Priorities, man...