Saturday, November 24, 2012


1.lacking hue and brightness; absorbing light without reflecting any of the rays composing it.
2.characterized by absence of light; enveloped in darkness: a black night.
3.soiled or stained with dirt: That shirt was black within an hour.
4.gloomy; pessimistic; dismal: a black outlook.
The store opened early. I pulled my weary bones out of bed and put on the clothing I had laid out the night before. Hi, Ho, Hi, Ho…. "I'm here!" I said into the phone. "There are people camped on the sidewalk."

My boss was on her way to unlock the door and let me in. There wasn't a sign of anyone on the sidewalk let alone the parking lot. I knew that in other parts of town and in other cities, crowds stormed the doors. Black Friday. Black: lacking hue and brightness.

It doesn't take much to understand that Thanksgiving has been made into a three ring circus. Businesses count on the money from Black Friday to make their goals for the year. Their employees get overtime to compensate for the time away from friends and family, away from a day off with the rest of the country. Hallmark starts Christmas in July. Thanksgiving and Christmas have turned into the power of the almighty dollar.

Yesterday I decided that it is time for a change. Thanksgiving needs to be renamed. Now don't get alarmed. I don't want to call it Black Friday Eve. No, I just want to call it Thanks Day. A day that we all give Thanks. A day of being with those for whom we are thankful. A day of peace and love. Thanks Day.

The next day should be Giving Day. A day we give to others. A day of sharing the love we have, the bounty we have, even the simplicity of a smile that we can give on this one special day, give to someone else. Giving Day.

There is no room in my life for the excess we have come to expect. The greed, the selfishness, the rudeness that is expressed on a Black day. Indeed black does absorb reflection. Two types of reflection. One, being the reflection of the human spirit, of compassion for all. The second is the way the Black absorbs all of the days surrounding it as well as the almighty dollar. How people can change from giving thanks on one day then into a rude pushing mass the next is beyond me.

So, I say to you,  I challenge you. We have another holiday coming up. Please make it one of loving, of caring for every person you meet. Pray for a world of peace and be part of that peace. Paint the blackness that brings out the worst in people with a reflecting light that shines wherever you pass. I'll do my part. Won't you do yours?

1 comment:

  1. My sister and I used to shop together on the day after Thanksgiving, long before all the Black Friday craziness. It was a great bonding experience for us. We haven't gone in years, because the emphasis is so on greed and materialism.