This “Happy Thanksgiving” message has been anything but easy to write, a fact I doubt many readers will find difficult to recognize and understand.

Right now, the official count of American deaths by Covid-19 this year is 255,958, and “Total Cases” according to the CDC now stand at 12,175,921.

Certainly, many families’ Thanksgiving celebration last year included one or more loved ones death has since claimed … whether from Covid or any other cause.

To these, in unusually large number, my wish for a “happy” holiday come Thursday may well seem hollow.

Thankfully, I need no urging to remember such people and their losses. As a sort of assist, there are certain Thanksgiving quotations which long ago claimed a place in my memory …

… William Jennings Bryan: “On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.”

… Ernest Hemingway: “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”

And …

… W. Clement Stone, the Chicago philanthropist who personally gave me a college scholarship, proving that he lived his Thanksgiving gift:

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.”

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To all whose loses seem overwhelming this Thanksgiving, I share with you, here and now, my prayer …

… I thank God for all my gifts and blessings (especially babies), and easily promise I will be unable on Thanksgiving Day to forget you and your loss.

© 2020 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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