Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Hanukkah

I struggled last night thinking about writing something personal yet applicable for Thanksgiving.  I could go through an extensive list of things that I’m thankful for because truly, every day of my life is a thanksgiving.  However, as I thought about what to share, it sounded more like a Memorial Day post than a Thanksgiving post.  The interest of this blog is to advocate for justice for all, and that is difficult to do without constantly remembering those denied or seeking justice.

Because of seeing justice denied, I am thankful for real, true justice.

There are so many people I want to thank. Yet, it’s difficult thank individuals without unintentionally leaving someone out.  I am thankful to everyone who visits and supports Blackbutterfly7 and takes part in our community.  I’ve met really neat people and made some very good friends.

I am thankful for Sybrina Fulton and Lucia McBath for their demonstration of dignity, courage, and endurance.  They remind me that when life gives me lemons, to make lemonade.

I am thankful for Tracy Martin for his wisdom, and knowing that in America, all men are created equal and settling for nothing less.

I am thankful for the parents of victims of Sandy Hook for sharing their grief with us without anger.

I am even thankful for the cyber-harassers because they have taught me what evil sounds like, what it does, and that it in the long-run, evil fails.

May everyone have a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving and for our Jewish friends, a safe and peaceful Hanukkah.

 

Posted on 11/27/2013, in Holiday, Potpourri and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. As always, Well Stated. You and yours have a peaceful Thanksgiving, and a Great Holiday to all who venture onto this site.

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  2. happy holidays to all!

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving and Hannuka to you too Xena.
    I’m thankful for all the work you put into this blog. 😀

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving and Hannuka to you also Xena & plus everyone who have found their way to this Special Place.Of course I am Thankful for the normal things like my Wonderful Family.But what makes my heart smile is that I am so very THANKFUL there are such GOOD people out in this world who are willing to still stand up to fight on behalf of Equal Justice and Equal rights in our country.My Grandmother(God rest her soul)knew she wouldn’t see it in her lifetime,but I know she would be real happy about Obama being President! I am thankful for some days it just seems impossible…..but so many keep on trying!God Bless You All & Happy Safe Holidays.

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  5. Xena, thank you for your beautiful Thanksgiving message.

    I wish all of you a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving and to all of our Jewish posters and readers, a Happy Chanukah!

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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  7. Xena, First a special thank to you for allowing even a miss-fit such as my self an opportunity to participate in open and honest discussions.. And also a wish for each and every one who comes here and reads or posts, to have a wonder and blessed day of thanks… not just for what we have received, but for those things and gifts we shall receive in the future… Suggestion, take time today (and every day) to seek out some one who has received less in the way of blessings and share some of those that you have received, both of your lives will be enriched….

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  8. One (more) sad thing about losing a loved one near the Holidays, even if the ‘date’ of the Holiday changes each year, it’s like having more than just 1 ‘loss’ date.

    With the 1 year anniversary of Jordan’s death already passed earlier this week, the empty space at the holiday table today along with tomorrow being Black Friday, Jordan’s family has a week of mourning and remembrance

    For those who mourn his passing, no Thanksgiving will ever be the same.

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    • Mindyme62. So true.

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      • We buried a brother on Good Friday. Easter is very hard at my father’s house.

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        • @mindyme62.

          We buried a brother on Good Friday. Easter is very hard at my father’s house.

          I can only imagine. My oldest sister died the Friday before Thanksgiving 1986, and the funeral home could not bury her until the Friday after Thanksgiving. She lived in another State and her apartment had to be emptied of furniture and belongings before the first of December. No one in my family had Thanksgiving that year. All these years, and I still seem to re-visit what happened in 1986.

          My dad’s birthday was Christmas Eve, so that’s another holiday that brings back sad memories.

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          • So sad, your Thanksgiving that year. So much to arrange and have to take care of.

            We lost a grandpa on Dec. 23 one year and had to take ‘Santa’ with us on the road for the services. My favorite Grandmother passed on Mothers Day and my Dad’s dad, died on my Dad’s birthday. My dad is an only child.

            Holidays are hard for some people, in the best of circumstances. My heart is with the family of Jordan Davis today, and with all who are mourning loved ones.

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          • My heart is with the family of Jordan Davis today, and with all who are mourning loved ones.

            Indeed.
            BTW, I like the new gravatar.

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          • thanks! I (can) clean up quite nicely. lol

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    • this is so true. although my father lived a long life and died of natural causes (a mercifully brief battle with liver cancer) i spent what was his 80th birthday and also father’s day holding his hand as he lost contact with this world. we had so many better plans for that day, but it was not to be. it was also summer solstice which is an important day for me. he passed from this world 4 days later on june 25. needless to say, that week is brutal for me.

      on to happier news, i am delighted that marissa alexander could spend today’s holiday with her loved ones and out of a cell. may it ever be so.

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  9. I hope everybody had a nice holiday. We just got back from my SIL’s, first time my husaband hasn’t cooked Thanksgiving dinner in 15 years. Since we moved last year we a only alittle over an hour from one if his sisters instead of 10 hours away. I told my husband I was going to miss the leftovers, but they sent us home with loads.

    I lost my father on Valentines day, so that is a difficult day for me. Although it was 28 years ago, it seems like only yesterday. I was also 6 months pregnant with my daughter, so that was a bummer he never got to see her. I got to say good-by to him, and the doctor thought it would be best if I went home. I was about 9 hours away. He hung on for a couple of days more than they thought. It was strange though, cause I awoke from a dream in which he was in the hospital, consious, (he wasn’t when I saw him), and he hugged me and said good-by. I felt he had passed, and sure enough, I got a call that he had just passed away.

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  10. Oh I just got to share this with you. You know Iv’e been working on tracing my husband roots. About a month ago, his sister told me that she and her other sisters had attended a family reunion about 10 years ago, and she gave me a copy of the family tree they had recieved there. I was excited cause I thought it would help me fill in some missing pieces. So I get home and take a look at this 3 page tree. What a dissapontment it was, as the only thing listed were names, no spouses names, no birthdates, no other identifying names. But at least I had names, and I was determined to make it work. One of the pages I reconized all the names, however the other 2 pages I reconized none, and that was a shock to me. For the last month I have been going through the names, and I have not been able to find how any of them fit into his family. I also noticed that in the census that a good portion of them where white. After that discovery, I asked my husband, whats the chance that you sisters attended a family reunion that they were not a part of the family. I wonder if all the mostly white portion of the family were shocked when your sisters and their family walked in. I knew it would not bother them, because some are married to different races, so there are various shades of children and grandchildren. My husband, his brothers and sisters, no question, they are black, no passing over for them.

    So two of his sisters were at dinner tonite, and I asked them to tell me about the reunion they went to. The said how nice it was and how they recieved these fancy invatations, it was at a big fancy motel in the bay area They said there were several hundred people, not just their family name, but other names that fit in the tree. Each of the names were grouped together. Did they know any of them. Nope, not a one. Alot of white people there. Yes there were. I aksed them if they knew any of the people on the other 2 pages, thinking I’m still missing something, and they will know some of them that will make the link. Nope, but they also had never been to Louisiana, so they knew nobody from there. Their mother was, but she would never talk about anybody or had nothing to say when they would ask. I looked at my huband who at this point was trying not to laugh. They wanted to know if the tree had helped and how much further I was able to get. I said, well about that reunion you went to, I’m glad you all had a great time…….but……I don’t think you are part of that family. They said what, youv’e got to be kidding. My husband had them laughing so hard. He said I’ll bet they were shocked when you all walked in.

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    • dreamer, that is a very funny and interesting story. Thanks so much for sharing it.

      BTW, I have relatives in Louisiana; Lisbon and New Orleans.

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  11. I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  12. I am thankful for this post.

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