Opinion-Editorial, various subjects

Month: November, 2013

Thanksgiving Day 2013

Dear Readers:

Thanksgiving Day is nearly upon us.  I’m thankful to say I’ve been hearing fewer “Turkey Day” references this year than in recent years past.  I’m hopeful this is a sign that folks are remembering the meaning of the holiday.

Granted, turkey is the prime focus of meals on Thanksgiving, for most people, anyway.  However, it seemed that too many people were getting fixated on the bird, the side dishes, and other accoutrements, while losing sight of the “giving thanks” concept.    

Perhaps I am projecting my own feelings of loss.  For personal reasons, with which I shall not burden you now, my family traditions have been curtailed in the last few years.  Time marches on, “stuff” happens, and suddenly one finds that things just “aren’t the same anymore.”  It’s sad. 

I do realize that Thanksgiving Day is not the only holiday to have lost some meaning in our society; however, I shall only address one at a time.  I also realize that not everyone has the “Norman Rockwell” Thanksgiving to which to look forward.  This and the coming Christmas season can be so sad for many.  That is why I hope to see people cling to the tradition of giving thanks for what we have’ rather than just focusing on those “whats.”  While we are giving thanks, maybe we can also reach out… the “what” for whom someone else may give thanks.

Dear readers, I shall sign off now.  I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  May you have AND GIVE joy on the day.  Also, for some of you, Happy Hanukkah.




Reflections on Veterans’ Day

Dear readers:

Today I stand with friends & neighbors at our annual Veterans’ Day observance.   The invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, flag ceremony, & wreath placement have passed.

Now a young man steps forward to give the keynote address.  He is a high school student, a 2013 Boys’ State delegate.  He tells us of lessons learned from the Boy’s State experience, & from observing the military; his family has a long line of Veterans.  As his speech comes nearer its’ close, snow begins to fall…..very lightly…..just a flake floating here & there.  I wonder; are these peaceful passersby signs from the Veterans who have gone before us?  Are they rejoining us on this day?  Reassuring us that they are well, that they are still with us, protecting us?  

The speaker has finished.  The benediction given.  The Honor Guard fires the 21-gun salute & TAPS plays.  The Honor Guard marches away & the spectators disperse.  Some will gather at the American Legion Post open house, another staple of today’s observance.  

I leave the memorial site a little sad, my Father & his two brothers – departed Veterans – on my mind.  Still, I am comforted.  Today they lived in more than mere memories.


Jane Young Navarrette