For the second year in a row, we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day with the pall of a viral pandemic hanging over us.
The pandemic has refocused many of us on what is meaningful in our lives and what is not – and what we are truly thankful for and what we can easily do without. Good health is more appreciated than ever. And so is a job. Many families have been ravaged by the Covid-19 virus and others have been more fortunate. The economic downturn that accompanied the pandemic has hit many small businesses especially hard and the owners and employees of those businesses are struggling today.
As we sit down to our Thanksgiving meal, it is important that we put the day and its meaning in perspective – I know that’s what I will do. For me Thanksgiving Day is not about stuffing ourselves with Turkey, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie; it’s not about Black Friday sales. For me, Thanksgiving is about being truly thankful that I can spend some time with my family and friends. I am thankful for my health and that my grandchildren are happy and safe.
This year I am especially thankful that I have had the opportunity to represent the people of Legislative District 26 for the past 9 years in the State Legislature. It has been a fascinating time in Trenton. Every year was a challenging learning experience that taught me about our government and how to work to make it better. I have enjoyed helping people in my district and fighting for what is important to them.
I plan on keeping a close eye on our state and local governments and I am certain I will be communicating with you in the future. For now, let me wish you a meaningful and very Happy Thanksgiving.
May God Bless You