Thanksgiving 2012, in perspective


Friends, family and turkey — this is simply the best time of the year.

Since it’s that time of year, I spent most of my work day writing articles and helping to throw together Thanksgiving-themed slideshows that will be featured on the website through the holiday. During a moment of browsing through Thanksgiving photos, I came across the image below:

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Caption: In this Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 photo, Anthony Gatti makes a call while resting the in a tent where he is living in the Midland Beach section of the Staten Island borough of New York. Gatti’s home was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy and he has been living in the tent in the yard of the house. While his younger brother is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for the family, Anthony said he doesn’t plan to go. ““I’’m going to stay here and protect what we have left,”” he said. ““Which isn’’t much. But it’’s still ours.””

Now, the intent of sharing this photo isn’t meant to be a buzzkill. But it is a powerful reminder that we should be grateful for what we have, because there are a lot of people who have less. Especially this year, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy that devastated so many people. I can’t imagine any of them will have an ordinary Thanksgiving.

Be sure to think about these people at least once on Thanksgiving, because they deserve to be in your thoughts.

On a brighter note, if you watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade, I ask that you make CBS your station of choice, because my brother will perform with the Newsies!

Below is a video of their performance a year ago on the NBC version of the parade — that’s my brother who starts the song, front and center:


They’ll be performing the same song again this year, so he’ll be spotlighted again! But be sure to watch CBS, because their version of the parade will feature the Newsies, whereas you won’t see the number on NBC.

(Sorry to my employer … I don’t mean to hurt their ratings)

Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone, and be sure to stop by and let me know what you thought of my brother’s performance on Thursday!

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