Gratitude | Thanksgiving 2020 on Blog#42
I am grateful this Thanksgiving 2020 for all past Thanksgivings and future ones.
I am grateful for the generosity of a great many friends and strangers without whom my family would not have survived the past six years since the start of the housing crisis. You know who you are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I am particularly grateful for having managed not only to keep a roof over our head since an unforgiving Great Recession, through an ongoing housing crisis, and now a pandemic and economic depression. With the tremendous support of a network of friends and strangers, we managed to come through. Thank you!
I am grateful for the great care and concern demonstrated by the State of California and the various agencies in charge of making life safer this pandemic. I am particularly grateful for social agency workers who, every ten days, call to ask about our welfare. I am particularly grateful for the Orange County In-Home Supportive Services staff who work tirelessly to ensure caretakers and their charges are adequately supplied with personal protective equipment during this pandemic.
I am grateful for the heroism of millions of medical, emergency, transportation, and, very importantly, grocery, manufacturing, and supply chain workers who risk their lives every day to keep us healthy, safe, and fed.
I am grateful for the tireless work of social justice activists who, in these times of shameless racial animus and violent expressions of hate, risk their lives every day to keep the cause front and center. I am grateful for the millions of Americans who risked their lives to protest police brutality in America’s streets this summer.
I am grateful to the hundreds of visitors who come through this blog to read me. Many of them are students from universities around the country who come here to read the transcript of the most epic debate ever, between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley at Cambridge University in 1965. That transcript has been viewed more than 75,000 times since I posted it. Thank you!
I don’t know what the future will bring in these divided times, but I do know there is still a core among our population who have an unwavering moral compass and the will to rebuild a nation that has fallen to its lowest point.