Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day in the US. I have a lot to be thankful for as my family are happy and healthy but these are a few of the smaller things I have been grateful for this week :
– having a lie in at the weekend,
– arriving on a subway platform just as the train pulls in;
– meeting up with my book club;
– surviving a two-hour training session;
– JK Rowling : I really enjoyed the latest Harry Potter movie as the last book is my favourite in the series. I am so glad she got to finish them all and to introduce so many kids to the joy of reading.
Thanksgiving is the quintessential US holiday so I was surprised to learn this year that it wasn’t declared a national holiday until 1863. The New York Times has an interesting story on how this came about in the wake of the Civil War:
“As national disunion loomed that Thanksgiving, so did hunger and misery for many Americans. Still rickety from the depression of 1857, the stock market had begun to collapse almost immediately after Abraham Lincoln’s election; Wall Street worried that debts owed by Southern planters – many of them mortgaged up to their eyebrows – would become uncollectable. Northern textile mills, fearing a disruption in cotton shipments from the South, began laying off workers by the thousands.”
The mood seems eerily similiar today and I am thankful not to be one of the many millions who is hungry so many years later.