The Meaning of Thanksgiving

Self Portrait-Winter 06 detail

Pigment dispersion syndrome. I thought that was what all painters have. You take some pigment and disperse it around a surface. But no, although an ironic name in my case, it is a rare disease of the eye that I was diagnosed with this week. Not to worry, it is slow-moving and although not directly treatable, the end result, pigmentary glaucoma, is somewhat treatable. I still have many years to paint before my eyesight deteriorates to any extent.

So this brings me to what I really wanted to talk about, although in a roundabout way. Thanksgiving. With this diagnosis I no longer take my vision for granted. It is a sharp reminder that we are not here forever. I wake up every morning and am grateful when I open my eyes and can see. I can see my loved ones. Imagine if you couldn’t?  I also want to give thanks for the vision that I have had throughout my life. It has allowed me to express my creativity in wonderful and unexpected ways.

What are you grateful for? If you think that Thanksgiving is only about food you are entirely missing the point. The feast is a ritual yes but a ritual to express what? I have heard some people call it Turkey Day. Okay, for them it is all about the food…