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Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Thanksgiving Thought

Happy Thanksgiving.

As I have gone out running the annual-but-varying holiday errands in prep of the big meal, I've noticed something: people are now being trained, on their jobs, to not say Happy Thanksgiving.  The "T" word has been thrown in the politically incorrect bin along with Merry Christmas, God Bless America, and "Hi, I'm a defensive-back headhunter."

Insert a 3D-movie-extracted Charlie Brown SIGH here.

I guess the notion that explorers, wanting religious freedom, settled and started to modernize part of the world, is somehow patently offensive to Y2k10 sensibilities. What I see was simple settlement by settlement "rules."  Fair and square.  And, hey, I'm a Black American, so my ancestors' history of slavery around those times doesn't seem to nod favorably on Thanksgiving tradition either, does it?

This is going to get to football, I promise.

I just want to point something out.

Not everything that begins terribly and horribly, ends that way.

Let's take slavery, for instance.  A race of people went from not being considered fully human and not having freedom, to not only having freedom, but leading culture in certain areas, leading a civil rights movement that changed the world, producing  a President that is the leader of the free world, and another Presidential candidate who could very well do the same thing.

Now, pare this way down on the scale of importance, and you could speak similarly about a football season.  One that has started with every type of controversy conceivable, pretty much--#PhantomCalls and uncharacteristic losses and a mystery injury to a strategic cornerstone (Perriman)--does not have to end in bitter defeat.

I believe it will not.

So, today, I reflect not only on being Thankful for my Country, for my Family, for my Life.

I am Thankful for my team.  And for this season.

I've enjoyed it, truth be told.  This fight is a good one.  I love Harbaugh's unwillingness to concede.  And why should we? We're still in the fight.

So from my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving, God Bless you, and God Bless America.  And the World.

I am a headhunting blogger.  :)