Thanksgiving in 1951 might not be as different for many today as it was back then.
Bill Johnson’s family can’t afford a turkey this year.
Dick, Tommy, Susan and baby Janet are devastated.
But there is still much to be thankful for, especially in the shadow of what the world was like only a few short years before, during World War II.
Not less than six years before it was a world of refugees, barbaric oppression, where starvation was rampant, and life was cheap.
Today, in certain parts of the world, in the 21st century, the same is true.
No access to clean running or hot water.
No easy access to food.
No freedom of thought or expression.
Political thugs knocking at your door and hauling you off in the middle of the night.
Perhaps sentimental and hokey by today’s standards, fifty years later A Day of Thanksgiving still touches on privileges that should not be taken for granted in the early decades of the 21st century.