Expectation is mounting as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday in 2021, which with our fervent prayers and unending hopefulness, will be quite different from the same holiday in 2020.

Last year, many of us sat at a table with very few family members and friends. We did not frequent our favorite restaurant, and travel to see our relatives and friends — and there was not a choice. So, like most good Americans, we did grin and bear the worst pandemic of the century which killed thousands and made millions very sick.

It was not a sacrifice to have a different kind of holiday; it was a necessity. Additionally, the holiday followed a presidential election, one which ended with the losing candidate, angry and distraught, spreading vile, injurious, and false rumors that the election was "stolen."

And little did we know that just weeks later, the president would incite a huge crowd of his uninformed supporters to march to the Capitol of the United States and participate in an incursion which still has us reeling from its effects.

But on Thanksgiving 2021, it is incumbent on each of us to focus on the many things for which we should have abundant gratitude at our family gatherings. Whether large or small, in our own homes or in those of others, we need to focus on what has gone right this year and for which we are deeply thankful.

Most of us are now vaccinated; many have even received the booster, and the threat of mass infection and illness is — we hope — a thing of the past. We have a new president, who in spite of an extremely difficult road, is making progress in the areas that are desperately crying out for help: climate change, infrastructure, better child care, more and better conditions for our work force, and securing safe and sane voting rights for all citizens.

President Biden and his vastly qualified appointees are working for us, the average citizens who pay their taxes and obey the laws. Biden is working hard to build back better so that we and our families will have a brighter and secure future. The countries around the world are regaining respect for the United States that we once took for granted and lost in the last administration.

Each of us is working to ensure that our neighborhoods are safer and we are determined to see that mass shootings will be a thing of the past. Unity, goodwill, decent dialogues, without anger and harsh and harmful language are replacing the bitter divisive words that we heard so often during the last presidency. Our children can watch television without images encouraging hate and destruction. So as we begin to carve the turkey and pass around the many sides, which we only enjoy on this holiday, let us all remember to be thankful for the numerous and vastly important changes we are enjoying in 2021. Yes, the repast on your table is a delight and delicious but who is around your table this year is far more fabulous!

Alice L. Haber

Frederick

(7) comments

phydeaux994

The Republibans bashed everything President Obama did for the first year too and pledged to take him down in his first term. Biden got a 62% approval rating for passing the Infrastructure Bill. The majority of Americans are on his side. He’s fine.

veritas

Alice is the tip of the spear for the 38% of Americans who have somehow managed to delude themselves into thinking that Joe Biden is actually doing a good job, despite all evidence to the contrary. As Alice recommends, this Thanksgiving I'm going to "remember to be thankful for the numerous and vastly important changes we are enjoying in 2021." Unlike her, my inspiration will be Glenn Youngkin and Winsome Sears and the exciting promise they represent for 2022.

phydeaux994

Youngkin is facing a Democratic State Senate and all of his 68 “PROMISES” require Democratic approval. He will trash the State of Virginia. Billionaire Businessmen have a lousy record Governing. Day 1….repeal the food tax, double the deductions on State taxes. Year 2….State goes bankrupt. And which parents will he pick to tell the Schools what to teach their children??😂🤣The Gun totin’ violent ones?

TrekMan

Go back to PG or Mont Co. - wherever you belong Fido!

TrekMan

Lady - you live in a freakin' dream world. Gas and goods are at the highest level in years and those who suffered surviving through the pandemic are suffering even more because of it. We are the laughing stock of the world because your savoir Sleepy Joe doesn't know if he's coming or going. Troops got killed for no reason with his debacle of a pullout from Afghanistan. We are no longer energy independent and your boy has to beg OPEC to produce more oil. Illegals are spilling over the boarder and he wants to [pay them with our tax dollars. To you i say, put down the lithium and think again! Good lord, common sense is gone for good in this country!

pdl603

Vastly qualified? Look at what has happened during slow joe’s presidency: failed withdrawal from Afghanistan, soaring inflation, southern border debacle, supply chain disaster, hundreds of 1000s of people dying from COVID despite having three vaccines and therapeutics available, lawlessness in our major cities, energy shortfalls and the list goes on. If you call these idiots vastly qualified, then I’d rather have President Trump and his inferior bunch running the country because we were certainly better off.

TrekMan

👍👍 Right on PDL!!

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