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Giving thanks in hard times | Editorial

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

Every year — at least since the woman who wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb” convinced Abraham Lincoln to make it official — we take a day toward the end of November to give thanks for all that we have. This year it may be more important than ever to be thankful for what we have, because complaining seems to have become a national pastime.

Our political discourse, to use the most obvious example, is more of a long list of petty grievances.

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And now here we are, complaining about it.

It’s crucial this year, amid the pandemic and President Trump’s attempts to hang onto power, to think of what we have, not what we have not, or what we wish we had.

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If you’re reading this, God willing, you’ve got your health, amid a pandemic that has killed more than 18,000 of your fellow Floridians, more than a quarter million of your fellow Americans, and more than 1.4 million of your fellow human beings on what is, after all, a very small speck in a very large universe.

Perhaps some of those precious lives could have been saved had the president spent more time on coronavirus, less time on golf, back in February or March.

No, no. There we go again. We’re not here to complain. We’re here to give thanks.

We’re thankful for family. Perhaps the only silver lining of the pandemic has been the renewing of family bonds amid lockdowns and social distancing. Some are thankful to see their children grow in real time, even if it has meant serving as a teacher’s aide on top of everything else. For others, staying separated from those they most love has served as a reminder of just how powerful and meaningful that love is.

We’re thankful for friends, even the one that texted to point out that President Trump just retweeted a surreal GIF posted by Randy Quaid, featuring the massively bearded actor and occasional fugitive in extreme closeup, lit up by multicolored strobe lights, calling on his fellow true believers to abandon the anti-Trump liberals at Fox News and start watching OAN or Newsmax. How long until those stations, too, are thrown under the bus in the far-right’s march toward Trumpist purity? What will replace them? Can Trump TV be that far behind?

No, no. Let’s get through this. We’re thankful.

We’re thankful this year’s almost over. We’re thankful Jan. 20 is right around the corner. We’re thankful that a boring, centrist Democrat is putting a bunch of boring, centrist technocrats in his Cabinet. If Sleepy Joe Biden lives up to his Trump-begotten nickname and gives us a boring but effective first year in office, we’ll be thankful for that come next Thanksgiving.

We’re thankful for you, readers. We’re thankful that you continued to put your trust in us even as the most powerful man on the planet regularly called us “enemies of the people.” We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving. And as we leave 2020 behind, perhaps that is what we can all be thankful for the most: We hope.

Editorials are the opinion of the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board and written by one of its members or a designee. The Editorial Board consists of Editorial Page Editor Rosemary O’Hara, Dan Sweeney, Steve Bousquet and Editor-in-Chief Julie Anderson.

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