The best holiday of the year

h1 November 21st, 2006 by jules

Jules posting here — and on behalf of Eisha. I don’t know if this is Eisha’s favorite holiday — Thanksgiving, that is — but I think it’s probably mine, because it’s the least commercialized and everyone’s not running around all insane trying to buy gifts for those distant (or not-so distant) relatives or co-workers or you-name-it whom they don’t even really like. Instead, you sit down with your friends and/or family or friends who are your family and feast and take a moment to be grateful for what you have. Aw, nice. You don’t have to be all obvious about it, all Tiny-Tim-God-Bless-Us-Everyone about it. Even if you yourself just pause in one quiet moment to take stock of your life’s joys, it’s a nice thing. So, happy Thanksgiving, and in honor of it, I’m going to share a piece of writing I stumbled upon that I had written down years ago in a journal — the words of Thoreau, writing to H.G.O. Blake, once a Unitarian minister, in December of 1856:

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite — only a sense of existence. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.

If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance, like flowers and sweet-scented herbs — is more elastic, starry, and immortal — that is your success.

Now go eat up — lots of pie and Cool Whip. Yum.

9 comments to “The best holiday of the year”

  1. aw. that really is lovely. thanks, j.

    i’ve always been partial to arbor day, especially since it got eclipsed by earth day. but i also love halloween. hell, i love them all – all those years in the j.w. cult make me very, very thankful for holidays.

    best wishes, everyone. thank you for visiting our blog.

  2. Jules, what a great passage by Thoreau! I’ve never read that before–thanks for posting it.

    And I agree with you, for all the reasons you said: Thanksgiving is the best.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving Jules and Eisha!

  5. well, no, i hadn’t seen the magnet! i’ll have to get one, and stick a “seven” sticker over the six somehow.

    thanks, little willow! and nancy, happy thanksgiving to you!

  6. I own that magnet! I’ve had it for years! In my mind, it’s one of the 3 best quotes in children’s lit ever.

  7. I submitted it for Journey Woman’s best passages contest. 🙂

  8. jules,

    thanks for the thanksgiving greetings and a (belated) return on the same. also, thanks for agreement on :nutmeg”; i have found others less willing to commit to saying anything about, much less critical of it.

    hope you had a great holiday and didn’t overdo it on the cool whip!


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