November 24, 2010

2010 - Giving Thanks

It is a day to give thanks. For my parents, who took me in at an age when they should have retired. Took me in and raised me, giving me food and warmth. Caring for not just my physical body but my spiritual one, teaching me to honor my word, be gentle with the underdogs, respectful to both the Veteran and the aged and courteous and brave always. People who gave me, the frightened and parentless, unconditional love, without exception..

I give thanks for a successful hunt which puts food on this table. Thanks for the ability to walk this land free, land that we can own and till and shape to our destiny. I am blessed to be able to walk such places, striding between impenetrable corn stalks which give a golden halo to the twilight, the sounds of my friend's voices up ahead. There's comfort in those voices, lost in the field's infinitude, my shadow and theirs, skimming along the rows, the deep panting in our chests as we move far into the cropland, air moving freely in and out, as do we.

I am thankful for a job that challenges and abilities that God has given me, and only ask that I continue to use them in ways that help and protect, even if in doing so, those that I work to save, despise what I stand for.

And lastly, I give thanks for freedom. To be able to carry a weapon, to defend my life and my home, or to hunt the land that I love. I'm aware of the responsibility, for that is one of the many things my parents taught me. When I lift up my firearm, be it to protect or to provide, I feel the lift of this heart, as pristine as the first time its walls expanded in pride, aware of the weight of my weapon, and its history. Aware of how very lucky I am to live in this country, in this place, among these people that love.


Hi Bob,

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

I was wondering if you saw the 11/10/2010 LA Times article regarding guns in Mexico that repeated the infamous lie:

"U.S. and Mexican officials estimate that more than 90% of the guns seized at the border or taken after raids and shootouts in Mexico originated in the United States, with California and Texas the largest providers.",0,3030857.story

The LA Times needs to be shown the error and asked to account for it, IMHO. Any interest?

Posted by: bastiches at November 25, 2010 02:46 AM

Hey Bob,

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Thanks for all the great work you've done over the past year, for which we are all thankful.

Keep up the great work!

Tarheel Repub Out!

Posted by: Tarheel Repub at November 25, 2010 10:14 AM

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: ViolentIndifference at November 25, 2010 11:04 AM

Happy Thanksgiving Brigid.

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Posted by: Rosy at November 26, 2010 04:04 AM

Brigid, that is a very nice, loving tribute. Be sure to thank your parents whenever it crosses your mind - and not just once a year.

BTW, I am enjoying your unique voice on this site. Thanks for joining.

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