Good morning! I am so excited we’ve made it back to November. Personally, it’s been a great year for me. Though I have to admit I feel out of sync with the world as so many problems loom large over our heads. I wrote like three painfully long and detailed posts but I don’t think they’re worth publishing. My rule is if something I’ve written is too boring for me to read back to myself, I’m certainly not about to ask you to bother!
|October arrived late and lingers, but yesterday morning was purely November!|
What I love most about Thanksgiving is that is not ever as set as Christmas. Thanksgiving has room to grow, allows for tweaks to be made, and is forgiving. My Thanksgiving may be heavily labored over but the beauty of the holiday is that all it needs to be is a gathering, a meal.
I think it’s the elemental that we so desperately need these days. Everything is so inflated, so hot, and so contentious. My advice for holidays has always been to keep politics off the table. What good could come from it? I’ve changed my mind. I think families need to have the tough conversations about political identity and how we’ve handed our country over to the far side of either party. I think I’ll have ten for Thanksgiving this year, of those ten I know that four are staunch democrats, four are staunch republicans, one doesn’t care, and the other is me. What am I? I don’t like the term independent but I’m certainly not a democrat but I’m not a modern Republican either. I kind of feel like I’m still at the Grand Ol’ Party but all by myself. I really want to see if I can manage a discussion about gun control at Thanksgiving? I’d rather know where my family is on that than who’s golfing where this winter. As I see it, gun control is our single largest problem and should be the easiest to fix. I am a strict constitutionalist so I am not at all about taking all the guns away. In fact I wish way more women had guns. But I see the biggest problem in our country as the NRA. I think at this point in time, gun manufacturers should be held more responsible for what their products are capable of doing. There’s just no need for assault rifles.
As Heather says, the only way out is through and I feel I need to be doing more on this journey in bringing another view to the table rather than letting the extremes cancel each other out. Keeping to ourselves and like-minded cohorts has only made things worse. What do you think? Do you think it can happen? A civil, sane discussion on gun control? Politics at your table?
Thanksgiving is always a little different. How will yours be different this year?