I was born in a small border town just at a twenty block distance from “The land of the free and the home of the brave!” Since early childhood, I was exposed to the American way of life in some ways; for example in the habit of having very similar meals, looking at the drawings of some comic books, going to the movies at least three times a week and feeling the spiritual meaning of each Thanksgiving. Besides every week I accompanied my mother to downtown Brownsville for shopping. I still recall seeing Uncle Sam poster pointing at you with the letters I WANT YOU! It was placed at the entrance at the Post Office building there. My mother spent her teen years during the depression years in Mercedes, Texas. So she told me many things about elementary public schooling in Texas.
Due to the fact that our country is USA neighboring land many positive and negative are filtered very easily both ways. Living in border towns or cities makes people embody a very peculiar living style. Both, the emotional as the mental state of mind are strongly felt in these places. These aspects cross easily the border without any passport.
The Thanksgiving holiday for us Mexicans means to be able to share the best with our families. It is a great blessed day! It was by reading Mallika’s latest post made me wonder about something to be shared: If we are mentally and spiritually connected why then don’t we share our spiritual meal every fourth Thursday of every month during for a whole year. As little as seven minutes can be gladly spent in praying and meditative states. Thanksgiving is a strong family integrator. It is a special occasion to bless not only our food, but our best intentions. It has always been a good idea to imitate other people’s positive habits. This is then, my humble suggestion from human beings living not only in the United States, but elsewhere.
Please spend one of the most wonderful Thanksgivings ever had by you and all your love ones!
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