, Newburyport, MA


November 24, 2012

A Thanksgiving that gave us plenty


“I don’t need the play by play — I watched it too,’’ I said. “But I also watched what was going down between Israel and the Palestinians because that doesn’t have to be forever either.

“I gave that some time when I came back from my walk because our families wouldn’t be gathering until mid-afternoon. The Palestinians had taken the big hits but were celebrating the cease fire big-time for what they’d accomplished by coming together.

“The Israelis had lost far less and had stopped he Palestinians cold, but they had their fingers crossed on hold, and weren’t celebrating because of what might follow in what could be the equivalent of a second half.”

“Neither were the Pats at half time, but they were breathing easier,” Freddy said.

“We’re straining the metaphor, but I take your meaning,” I said.

“This is no seasonal game being played out over there. It’s for survival. It’s been going on for centuries in one way or another, and what’s going on now is only a time out. What’s needed is mutual acceptance of the need for change.”

“We should live so long,” Freddy said.

“In our share of the world we did, step by step, and that’s what we’ve been giving thanks for,” I said.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.

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