One eye on the
eye on the turkey, another on Iraq, and the one in the back of our head
on the lookout for terrorists, it’s easy to be distracted from the
Thanksgiving spirit of looking on the bright side of life.
out, here’s a list of things to get the spirit going in this most
uncertain of times.
the United States sought support through the United Nations and tried
one last time to gain Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s compliance with
weapons inspectors before pulling the trigger on a war with Iraq.
women in Western democracies are not forced to cloak themselves in
burkas, not forced to remain uneducated, and not stoned to death for
defying religious dictates.
American states are not dictatorships at war with the others around
the U.S. Constitution protects free and vigorous discussion of issues,
and news reporters are not sentenced to death for the use of simple
government can be changed without gunfire and murder.
the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of religion—the freedom to
think as conscience dictates.
And a few
small things in our own backyard:
that are towns—not just strips of mini-malls.
high clear mountain air.
way the sun glints off the snow.
hypnotic color of the aquamarine ice that lines the Big Wood River.
flushed faces of happy people finishing a day of skiing.
overwhelming other-worldly sight of the Milky Way on a clear night.