Thanksgiving time

FI-EditorialIt should really go without saying, but we’re going to end up saying it anyway. Greenwich has a lot to be thankful for.

So as town residents settle in at home for the yearly celebration of turkey, cranberry sauce, yams, and stuffing or perhaps catch the next flight to some place far warmer and sunnier with nary a yam in sight, it’s important to actually give some thanks for everything that you have. It’s easy to speak in the language of cliché at this time of year (the holidays always bring it out in us), but sometimes the most obvious truths are the best ones. This is a time to be grateful. It’s a time to remember how fortunate we are.

When you boil it down to the essential, it really is a time to give thanks.

And while those from outside of town insist on believing the stereotype of the ultra-wealthy Greenwich where the staff has prepared the meal and the butler serves it in the opulently decorated home that could make Martha Stewart herself say, “Really guys? You don’t think that’s a little over the top?” people who actually live here know that’s not the case at all. Yes, there is, of course, many a great estate in Greenwich where people are most thankful for their inheritances, but that’s not the real town.

The people who live here know that Greenwich is a diverse town full of many thriving cultures where Thanksgiving is marked not by how much money people have but by all the things the holiday is supposed to represent: family, togetherness, gratefulness, and, of course, turkey. There’s not always time to celebrate, and Thanksgiving is just that opportunity to take a deep breath, sit down for a little while and appreciate what we have.

Greenwich is a town where we are fortunate to have all we have but also a town where we need to look out for each other and make sure that our neighbors and friends do not go without. That’s part of the Thanksgiving spirit and as vital a part of the holiday as grandma’s secret stuffing recipe. For while there’s the illusion of what Greenwich is, that’s not what it’s actually like to live here. So we are very fortunate to be in a community that not only appreciates what it has, but knows how to be there for others.

Just because it’s said every year that this is a time to count our blessings, it doesn’t make it any less true. We’re being bombarded with discussions about “Black Friday” and which big-box stores are open on Thanksgiving and which ones are having the most discounts while paying their employees the least. It’s all supposed to be telling us that we don’t have enough and need more of everything. But for one day, at least, we should be able to shut that off.

There’s so much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to spend some time remembering that, even if it is only for one day before we get swept up into the Christmas spirit. Take that moment. Savor the calm. Grit your teeth and make it through dinner with family members you might only tolerate. Enjoy your turkey. Thanksgiving comes only once a year, so let’s make the most of it.

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