Well, the presidential election didn't turn out the way I wanted, but in the midst of my philosophical despair (or bummed-outness, to be more precise), I can find several things to be thankful for:
1. It is OVER!
2. We have now elected our first African-American president. Born into white skin, I know I can't fully fathom what this means to blacks. I had lunch with a very liberal friend last week who is a few years older than I. She never expected to be able to vote for a black or a woman for president. I never questioned that I would be able to do both. That was a non-issue, to my way of thinking. I just expected our first black president to be a conservative!
3. Sasha and Malia get that puppy they've been waiting for! (And whatever political differences I have with their father, he certainly seems to be a wonderful family man.) It's going to be fun to see cute little kids in the White House again.
4. I must begrudgingly admit, Barack Obama was clearly the best candidate for a tea lover. It is well known that he has a fondness for green tea, which everyone knows is good for your health and, according to at least one researcher I heard last year, your smarts. I was a little concerned when, in "Dreams of My Father," he referred to the tea POT whistling and not the tea KETTLE, but then he's a man and may not be quite as aware of the distinction.
So, thank you all for putting up with me on the political tangents this week. Congratulations to those of you whose candidate won. And as a Christian, I am also reminded it is my duty to pray for President-elect Obama, which I am doing. I pray for his blessing, his wisdom and his protection. And I'll end today with a great quote from Peter Robinson on National Review. He said, "We could've been born Saudis or Kenyans or Chinese ... but we got unbelievably lucky, unbelievably blessed. When you're born American, every day should be Thanksgiving. So on we go." Amen!