Today is November 22, 2012

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Today is November 22, 2012


Today is November 22, 2012. On today’s date, some 49 years ago, it was lightly raining in Dallas, Texas. Shortly after noon on November 22, 1963; President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza.

President Kennedy and his political advisers were preparing for the next presidential campaign. Although he had not formally announced his candidacy, it was clear that President Kennedy was going to run for another term. He had a great prospect for re-election.

The Texas trip was used by JFK to trumpet his views on education, national security, and world peace—platform points for his planned run in 1964.

I wasn't alive during JFK’s administration. I relive the tragic loss to our country through the vivid recollections of my grandmother. She has talked about him so much, that I almost feel like I knew him personally. And like her, I often wonder how America might have turned out if he had lived to serve another term.

Today is November 22, 2012, and today is Thanksgiving Day in America. My children don’t have school. I don’t have to go to work. I have been up cooking since 5 a.m. and soon, our large family and friends will gather for a wonderful feast.

Our abundance is in stark contrast to the condition of other nation states. In my world travels, I have witnessed societies that do not have the infrastructure that we have here in the United States. I have visited places without clean water and watched children go hungry. I have seen the ravages of disease upon an uninoculated population. It is a stark contrast to the affluent Chicago suburb that I live in.

For all of her faults and possible shortcomings, America is still a wonderful land of opportunity and bounty. And on this very special day, I am truly thankful for the blessings that we have.

So you are probably wondering why I mentioned Kennedy’s assassination at the beginning of this post? Well, its because every Thanksgiving, I recall a quote that my grandmother attributed to JFK. He said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

So with that in mind, won’t you join me in giving thanks for our great nation… for the unbelievable bounty that we have been blessed with, for the dedicated troops that defend our freedoms this holiday season; for those that have laid down their lives for our great posterity?

I want to write more, but the oven timer went off and that means, “IT IS TURKEY TIME!”

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Grantham University Fan Club.

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Becky works in the health sciences industry and spends most of her professional work day in the research and development laboratory working on applied solutions for health and wellness. Becky is an avant supporter of her alma mater Grantham University. In her free time she writes articles for the Grantham University Fan Club site and volunteers at the local Chicago suburb elementary school where her children attend. Her motto is, “Changing the world, one smile at a time!”

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