For Some It’s Just “Horrible Mistake Day”

Over the weekend I asked someone if they’d had a good Thanksgiving, and they answered me with a tell-tale eye drop even before they answered me in words.  Very hesitantly they told me that Thanksgiving isn’t really a holiday they celebrate, and they tried to elaborate why in general terms without getting into specifics that they obviously were afraid would offend me.

They needn’t have bothered, of course, but since they don’t know me that well, they didn’t know that.

“I understand,” I told them.  “While I personally prefer to focus on the ‘coming together to celebrate thankfulness’ aspect of the day, I’m perfectly aware that for some people Thanksgiving can have entirely different connotations.”

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