Today is Thanksgiving in America. When I first moved here in 1998, I viewed the holiday as a day to enjoy a lavish meal with family, leading into a weekend of shopping overindulgence.
While it definitely is that (and I’m looking forward to enjoying the festivities), Thanksgiving is also a great day to reflect and take stock of the little things we take for granted.
Regardless of your religious beliefs, it’s important to notice and appreciate the people around you who make a difference, and how remarkable the journey of life is.
While I was making the green bean casserole, the radio station I was listening to played “Be Thankful For What You’ve Got” by William DeVaughn. What an ideal song for today.
The message is totally ghetto fabulous, but you catch my drift:
“Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
TV antennas in the back
You may not have a car at all
But remember brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall
Just be thankful for what you’ve got…”
So, though I only drive a PT Cruiser, this year I have something new to be thankful for.
I only started Afrobella this August, and every day an average of 720 people read what I have to say. I come home to an inbox of comments from brilliant ladies all over the world, sharing in intelligent discourse about beauty and issues affecting women of color.
I’m thankful for you, dear readers.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, near and far!