I have commented about this before on another blog, but never written a post of my own concerning it.
On Monday we had our Thanksgiving lunch at work. Before we ate the president of the company did a prayer thanking God for our food and friendships. This has also often happened when my wife and I go to a cookout or dinner at her sister’s house with a large group of religious people.
Every time this happens, I always wonder why everyone thanks God and not the people that actually allowed the food to be sitting there in front of us?
We should be thanking the farmers for the turkeys and vegetables. My grandparents had a farm before I was born, and though I never visited it, I heard enough stories from them and my father that I knew farming was not the greatest job around. I can only imagine the conditions of being a poultry worker. I for one thank them, I know I wouldn’t want that job, but I do want to eat turkey.
Then there are the workers at the canning/frozen food factories. Probably not as difficult a job as a farmer or poultry worker, but still thankless in the big scheme of things. I have worked in a factory before and can attest this is true.
What about the truck drivers getting the food to my grocer? That’s another job, that me sitting in my cubicle, I know I wouldn’t want to do. I beg out of a 5 hour drive to Lubbock so I can take a plane there instead; I know I couldn’t handle driving for a living.
And speaking of the grocer, I remember a time when nearly every store was closed on Thanksgiving except the 7-11′s. now nearly every grocery store is open. Can’t forget about the almighty dollar, so those in retail don’t get the holiday off like the majority of us do. And don’t forget even if you are a retailer that gets Thursday off, chances are you are getting up at the butt-crack of dawn to go to work for Black Friday. That almighty dollar again. I think we know another god this country worships.
I am sure there are plenty more thankless jobs out there that help get my turkey and all the trimming to my table every Thanksgiving. So if you are like me and get caught into giving thanks to an imaginary being, do what I do, and silently think of all of those people and thank them and hope they are able to enjoy their holiday as much as you do. And even if you are religious, you should still give thanks to the right people as well as the god you believe in.