Buried some where in the voice mod's I did for my husbands game Baldur's Gate, I can be heard saying: "Doritos for dinner sounds fine to me."
That fact is as true today as it was in 1984 when it was uttered by a friend of mine.
My friend was struggling to survive and care for her three children on min wage, $4 and change an hour. A divorce had left them in a bad place. Things were bad.
They would buy feed sacks full of moldy bread at the bakery outlet store and eat what they could and feed their animals with the rest.
To go from living in comfort to living waaaaay below the poverty line was a long fall for the children.
As Thanksgiving approached they set out and rounded up all the old pop cans at the house they could find. Even the old dusty ones from the barn were collected.
Counting them they had $1.70.
The mother asked her children, "this is what we have, what would you like for Thanksgiving?"
Tears filled the eyes of the older ones, but the younger one thought for a second and then said "Doritos."
"Doritos for dinner sounds fine to me." My friend said.
For me thanksgiving isn't about stuffing my face and eating all day, it is about being with the wonderful souls that share this planet. Being thankful for what there is and not bitter for what is not.
I am thankful that I have a job.
I am thankful that my children have never had to know the hardships of hunger.
I am thankful that I have a loving, compassionate, gentle husband, who treats me like I deserve to be.
I am thankful that I have family who will help me if I need it.
I am thankful that I am not alone.
I am thankful that I have friends who share their precious time with me.
I am thankful that I have been in bad places, it encourages me to work hard and not return there.
I am thankful that in 1984, the large bag of Doritos cost $1.69.