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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving in Canada.  It’s a day when families gather together and give thanks that extended family gatherings (a la Clark and Ellen Griswold) happen only two or three times a year.  However, somewhere between cousin Edna’s ugly kid feeding a box of Breton Originals™ to the dog and Uncle Benjamin passing out — before dinner — from the wine, take a minute and get serious.

This is a day of Thanksgiving and, despite all our whining and bellyaching, we Canadians have a lot to be thankful for.  Sometimes, we take those things for granted.  At the risk of being trite and just a little sugary, I still think Franklin Roosevelt said it best when he talked about Four Freedoms.  Just as a reminder to all of us, here are the Norman Rockwell paintings that depict them.

Freedom from Want

 

Freedom of Worship

Freedom of Speech

Freedom from Fear

Happy Thanksgiving!

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2 comments on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. amoriarty
    October 10, 2011

    And to you, my friend. This holiday is my favourite!—colourful, yummy, easy to understand and nothing beats October sunshine in Vancouver.

  2. BJVANDALE
    October 10, 2011

    There are so many things to be Thankful for. We do live in a wonderful place where we can practice all the Freedoms you mentioned plus a whole lot more. Happy Thanksgiving WD and keep writing.

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