America, it’s time to sit back and think about what we are becoming. What values do we teach our kids by becoming ninja shoppers on Black Friday? Are we teaching them that family is important or are we teaching them that “things” are important? I am appalled that Black Friday has moved earlier into Thanksgiving Day. Instead of hanging out with family, watching football, playing with cousins you rarely see, talking to the elders in your family as everyone swaps stories about their lives and “remember whens” many will be standing in line trying to get the “next big thing” for Christmas. Seriously.
Family. That word carries everything that we are, who we will be and generations of hope and tragedy. What emotional connection can you build at a Wal-Mart Black Friday sale? Will your child learn about your family’s emigration to the US and how your family made its way? Will they learn about your families struggles and triumphs? Will they hear the laughter of thier grandmother as she recounts some silliness their parent did as a child. Is this the last Thanksgiving that you will hear her laughter? Will it occur to you as you stand in line Thanksgiving Day that you are actually wasting a precious commodity. Family love. I hope so. But why not think about it today and don’t go. Instead gather your family and be thankful they are with you and be thankful that you are with them.
America, it’s time to step up. The free market will survive without you for a day and honestly, the store employees should be home with their families. Please share this if you think that family is more important than the “next big thing”. Oh, and stay home Thanksgiving Day.