Liz at Smithical has issued a challenge to honor Thanksgiving by blogging about something we're thankful for each day of November. It will be a bit of a trick to accomplish, as I already have more posts in the pipeline than time to work on them, and I hope to liberate myself from my computer for several days this month. But it's a grand idea, so I'm going to plunge in. She didn't say the posts must be long, or profound.
The concept fits nicely with an idea for a post I was in the middle of constructing: The Good New Days.
After more than half a century of observation, it's very easy to be aware of (and complain about) how much society has changed for the worse over the years. I mention examples from time to time (some would say frequently), and it's not just the mutterings of an old curmudgeon: it's true that in many ways we are in bad shape and getting worse.
However, it is equally true that we have made significant gains, and some things are much, much better than they were. I'll attempt to mention one of these for each day of November, both to encourage myself and to warn the next generations not to take the improvements for granted. Without vigilance, what has been won can often be lost.
To begin: I'm thankful to be living now. I've often expressed the opinion that I was born too late, that I belong in an earlier era. But truthfully, if I belong then, I would have been living then. This is the day that the Lord hath made for me.
Besides, I've seen the toilet facilities in those medieval castles.