Thursday, November 25, 2010

Makers and Gratitude

Making Merry

In a large country with an open society, such as the United States, there's very little that isn't controversial at some level. Some see historic and political problems with Thanksgiving.

Be that as it may, there is something to be said for a national holiday devoted to gratitude.

Gratitude is another of the unpopular virtues of makers. It's not that makers have any special monopoly on gratitude, but rather that someone who knows from experience how hard it is to make something is naturally grateful when someone else makes something for them.

So on this day, when we celebrate the bounty of the harvest by trying to eat as much of it as possible, stop between courses and thank those who prepared the food, and those who produced the food, and all the others who have contributed to warm, comfortable place where you're stuffing your face.

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