A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
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.