Well, Thanksgiving Day 2020 is less than a week away, and you know what that means! Huge traffic jams on the interstates, extended flight delays at the airports...wait a minute! No, it's highly unlikely that the perennially infamous experiences of Thanksgiving Day in America will happen this year, and that's something to be thankful for - isn't it?
However, the reason in 2020 that we will not have what is usually the biggest travel day of the year in the U.S. is the very same reason that we will not have as many of the massive gatherings of family and friends that we've grown accustomed to every fourth Thursday in November. We will not have the Macy's parade in Manhattan. There will not be as many gigantic spreads of everything under the sun (at least not as much as in previous years). It's actually pretty mind-blowing to consider the almost infinite number of ways that an untamed virus effects a society. But we are continuously learning about that first-hand every day.
Nonetheless, on the upside (and there always is one), we can also consider the fact that every generation has faced overwhelming difficulties of some sort - and all these things have compelled us to find a way to overcome them. We eventually do overcome these things, sooner or later - through dedication, hard work, sacrifice and the ever present grace of God. It is indeed those aforementioned attributes that have coalesced (despite the accompanying political chaos of the day) that have helped us look forward to the very near future when the Covid-19 vaccine becomes available to the public.
On that point, we can be thankful for having the greatest biologists, geneticists, virologists and pharmaceutical researchers in the world. We can be thankful for having the bravest, most dedicated and highly trained front line workers in the world. We can be thankful for the family and friends that have lent us helping hand when we needed it the most this year. We can be thankful for the various forms of technology (both low-tech and high-tech) that have made it possible for us to work, teach and learn from home. We can be thankful for those same forms of technology that make it possible for us to still spend quality time with loved ones even though they're not all physically at the same address with us - especially on November 26th. We can be thankful that there's no food shortage in America today(!!!) Hello?
Now, before I forget that I'm writing a post for my family's business, please indulge the fact that our family business is in the business of providing many creative ways to say 'Thank You' to those who deserve the thanks these days. Among the more timely awards that we provide are those that are appropriate to the vocations I listed in the previous paragraph, as we offer specific recognition awards for nurses, doctors and many other service professions, such as firefighters, police officers and military service members.
We also have an extensive line of tastefully designed awards that can be adapted, via engraving, for any occasion that calls for a genuine 'Thank You'. Perhaps this time of year calls for it more than any other time of year. But no matter what time of year it is, there's always someone needing to be thanked, for something, at some time. You can view our safe & secure e-commerce website or visit our showroom in Yonkers, New York for more information on ordering these items of recognition and more, as well as our extensive selection of traditional recreation for the home.
Now hopefully, with all the challenges that lay ahead (both expected and unexpected), we can still find a way to counterbalance the frustrations of coping with these challenges - whether it's global pandemic or not. The only way we can begin to do this counterbalancing is by genuinely acknowledging all the many things that we can be thankful for - not only on Thanksgiving Day, but the whole year round! So to those who think the glass is always half empty, remember that it means it's also always half full - and that's big picture when it comes to being thankful.
~Roger V. Loria, Jr.