A Thanksgiving Message

The Curmudgeon would like to take the opportunity, on this day of public thanks, to thank those of you who come to this space on occasion.  He realizes there are many places to go for entertainment like this and appreciates that you make this one of your stops.  He knows he occasionally wanders off in directions that make you question where he’s going and if it’s in search of his lost marbles, but he wants you to know how grateful he is for your visits.

turkeyWriting can sometimes feel like that proverbial tree falling in the forest that we all learned about in sixth grade:  if you write and no one ever reads it, did you really write at all?  Thanks to you, The Curmudgeon is writing.

The Curmudgeon also would like to make a request:  please don’t go Christmas shopping today.  Across the country, working people who barely make more than minimum wage – waiters and busboys, sales clerks and cashiers, parking attendants and security staff and customer service representatives and more – and being forced, at the threat of loss of their jobs, to spend this special day apart from their families, where they belong, because the Snidely Whiplashes of the world, who earn seven figures and who certainly will be spending the day with their own families, think nothing of imposing their will on people who lack the power to say “no” in a silly quest to make a few extra dollars.

01-snidely-whiplashEverything you might buy on Thanksgiving day will still be there tomorrow, and by keeping your credit card in your pocket today, you’ll be telling these selfish executives and business owners to mend their ways using the only language people like that understand:  the power of the purse.

And one more thing:  take it easy on the sweet potatoes.  The leftovers will taste just as good tomorrow.

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  • Scott  On November 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Your no-shopping on Thanksgiving request has not fallen on deaf ears here. A holiday, in which family can be celebrated, needs to be cherished, not dismantled due to greed, or the act if saving a buck.

    It is a pleasure reading your column. Let your topics wander in any direction you wish, for I will continue to follow.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, sir.

  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On November 28, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. After a lovely day and dinner, two of the mothers of young kids left the party to go to Kmart, explaining that there was a buy one/ get one free on an expensive toy their kids wanted. I don’t blame them for wanting the deal, but if these stores could just wait til morning, our lovely after dinner time would not have been marred. It made me sad. Black Thursday. I could have lived without that.

  • foureyedcurmudgeon  On November 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    And think about the person who rang up the sale – while the rest of their family was enjoying the day…

  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On November 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Believe me, I was thinking of them, too. I worked retail for my college years and a little beyond. My mom worked retail. It’s awful that these minimum wage workers can’t enjoy Thanksgiving with their families.

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On November 28, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      I worked retail, too, but before stores did things like this. I recently completed a first draft of a short story about this subject and hope to find time to develop it more fully in the next year or so.

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