Giving thanks isn’t just about the turkey

James Sheets, Business Manager

It is finally here, Nov. 27. The anticipation is killing you to finally see a luscious turkey come out of the steaming hot deep fryer. All you’re worried about right now is how many servings you are going to get before you become stuffed.

But, all of a sudden the deep fryer your turkey is in breaks down and now your mom has to put it in the oven; your worst nightmare. How can it be Thanksgiving if the turkey is not deep fried? You think that your Thanksgiving is officially ruined, but is Thanksgiving really about the turkey?

Thanksgiving was originally created because our forefathers were so thankful for all that God had blessed them with in the New World. Today, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, most people do not realize all the many things they have to be thankful for.

As Americans, we have so much to be thankful for, such as having a loving family that cares for you and provides for you. Even just having a roof over your head is a blessing that most Americans seem to overlook.

According to Tim Worstall of Forbes, the typical person in the bottom 5 percent of the American income distribution is still richer than 68 percent of the world’s inhabitants.

I catch myself saying little clichés like I’m starving to death, there’s nothing to eat in the fridge or I literally have nothing to wear. These statements are not true in most cases. I have no idea what it is like to starve; there is plenty of food in my fridge and I have more than enough clothes in my closet.

I feel like as Americans, we get caught up in what we want instead of what we need or what we have. We are blessed but are too selfish to see it. We claim we are struggling but in reality, Americans, as a whole, are among the wealthiest people in the world.

Instead of complaining about the Thanksgiving turkey, think about all you have to be thankful for: family, friends, a warm comfortable home, food, good health and freedom.