This is the first Thanksgiving we haven't been together in some years. It's always been our favorite holiday; the sharing of food with friends, the time together in the same room, laughing, eating, watching the younger ones.
I want you to know that my thought will be with you, as will my love, which will last as long as you live. It isn't limited to my life,
And no, I'm not planning on kicking off anytime soon, Christmas is coming and the first tree in years will be in the front yard, thanks to the visit from our LA friend.
Tough times now, kids. In their misguided wisdom, the american people have elected a buffoon for President; a racist, woman-disrespecting, possibly rapist, con man for the highest office in the land.
You'll get through it, you'll prevail. You'll be vindicated, and I'm not talking in terms of decades later. It could be months, or a year or two.
How do I know? Because your mom and I went through it. Tanks in the streets of our capitol, the assassination of leaders, an Attorney General who proclaimed that "we're going to take this country so far to the right you won't recognise it." John Mitchell's wife.
We went through Nixon, and a war that was some days costing us a thousand lives, and the country we were wrongly in many thousands more. Thanks to us, the war stopped. We came out of it victorious, even if for only a decade or so.
Perhaps that's the way it is; a cycle, ups and downs.
I agree, this 'down' seems different, we have a demagogue for president, perhaps the most unqualified and unsuited for the office ever. You have a big fight ahead of you. But you have no choice. You are up to the task.
It's thanksgiving though, and let's be happy for each other.
All my love