Editorial: Be thankful for …

Posted 11/24/21

As families gather for the most traditional of American holidays, on a day wrapped in traditions and memories, we hope they find many reasons to be thankful for the bounties in their lives. We …

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Editorial: Be thankful for …

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As families gather for the most traditional of American holidays, on a day wrapped in traditions and memories, we hope they find many reasons to be thankful for the bounties in their lives. We will.

For, despite the challenges of living day to day in a global pandemic, with economic and social fragility a constant, we reside in a beautiful part of the world, in a great community, with much to celebrate.

We are thankful for …

  • The chance to spend time with families in a more normal Thanksgiving than we experienced in 2020;
  • The incredible achievements of the scientific community, which has accomplished so much in such a short time;
  • Living within one of the great medical regions in the world, on the outskirts of Boston, with world-class doctors, clinicians, hospitals and facilities;
  • The workers who have spent two years in nursing homes, emergency rooms, intensive care units, with PPP as a constant, laboring to protect and save lives;
  • The freedoms we enjoy in this country, where we can speak, assemble, publish and petition, free from government interference;
  • Thanksgiving Day high school football games, because in a world changing oh so quickly, with technology altering traditions and communities, it’s nice to enjoy experiences that feel just like they always have;
  • Volunteers who devote their time to others, especially this time of year, when they gather, cook and deliver hot meals, conduct home visits and care for those in need;
  • The churches and places or worship that struggle on, despite waning participation, to provide respite, to bring unlike people together, to teach humility and to create stronger communities;
  • The innovators in business, who have adapted with the times, invented new models for commerce, and persevered to stay alive, keep people employed, and continue contributing to our economy;
  • The incredible restaurants of this region, which are so good, they enhance our quality of life and increase our property values;
  • The simple joys we re-discover this time of year, the comforting reminders of a good life, like raking leaves with the kids, the warm smell of a wood fire, the brief connection of a relative’s tight hug, or the nostalgia of holiday decorations hauled up from the basement.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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