Don’t be a turkey

This is a time for being thankful … unless, of course, you’re a turkey, in which case the only thing you’re doing is hoping that whole “Christmas goose” trend comes back this year for the holidays.

But for those of us on two legs, this is indeed a time to be thankful. But what should we give thanks for? How about having the lights on, for one thing. Be thankful that as badly as Greenwich got hit by the storm and as annoying and inconvenient as it was to be without power for days, if not a week, that things were not worse. There are still areas of Long Island, Staten Island and the Jersey Shore that would very much like to trade places with Greenwich right now.

So please give thanks for the little things that we so easily take for granted.

Thank you, sun. Thank you, moon. Thank you, utility line repair crews. Thank you, working refrigerators and Internet connections that actually connect. Thank you to every town employee who worked to make things better. Thank you to our hard-working Department of Public Works and Department of Parks and Recreation. Thank you to all our town tree crews. Thank you to those we forgot a few weeks back, like police Capt. Mark Kordick and town Emergency Management Director Daniel Warzoha for everything you did and will no doubt do again the next time a storm comes our way.

Thank you to all of those finally waking up to the idea that maybe, just maybe, there’s something to this global climate change stuff. Maybe those “Ha ha, stupid Al Gore. It’s snowing in the winter! Explain that with your global warming!” jokes aren’t as funny as they once seemed.

There’s really nothing like a week or so in the cold and dark to make suburban life’s basics — heat, lights at the flip of a switch, hot showers, hot coffee, TV, information-filled computer access — seem worthy of deep appreciation and songful praise. So let’s not take them for granted again, because so many in the tri-state area are still without those basics this Thanksgiving.

Greenwich remains a wonderful place to live and raise a family, and let’s remember all the people who make that happen, from our Board of Selectmen to the rank and file town employees, from the business owners to the people wiping down the table at McDonald’s. They all live and work here, and together it forms one unbeatable community. Let’s give all of them some thanks this week, too.

Right now so many of our citizens are doing just a little bit more to help this community and others. There’s Rick Novakowski’s coat drive. There’s Lucia Jansen’s cleanup efforts at the Pinetum, Pomerantz and Tuchman properties. There are all the schools and organizations holding food drives for Neighbor to Neighbor. There’s Scott and Suzanne Diddel and their Baskets from Heaven. That’s how we give thanks.

So along with those luxurious material basics so often taken for granted, there are the deeper things to feel thankful for this Thanksgiving, like friends, family, health, and breath of life, sun, stars. So remember, on Thanksgiving, it’s about love, peace and, oh yeah, turkey.

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