I’m thankful for a lot of things. My family, my friends, God, and the resources at my dispense are some to name a few. I’m also thankful that I have a job( with the exception of yesterday haha). I decided to get a job for experience, but it was primarily for money. One could say I don’t truly need a job, as my parents provide me with the necessities and more. One could say I was being greedy,kind of like how people are on Black Friday-I mean Thursday, Black Thursday.
I’m thankful I got to eat a short Thanksgiving dinner with my family before heading out into the trenches and endless messes of consumer America. Some people I work with didn’t even get that, voicing to me that they would be eating alone that night.
I understand the importance Black Friday holds for retailers. It’s everything to them. When companies think of Black Friday, they see money bags. As time has progressed however, money bags on Friday just hasn’t been enough. They just had to make even more money on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, a day that should be designated for family and giving thanks. Being open for Thanksgiving Day, negates everything that the holiday should be. Instead of taking one day to say thank you, thank you, thank you, companies are saying more,more,more and consume, consume, consume. It’s maddening. What’s most sad, is that the people calling all of the shots at the top, are most likely spending Thanksgiving the way it’s supposed to be spent, while their workers slave away for long hours.
The people are not blameless. They are actually a major part of the problem. Without their zeal and fervor to spend money on stuff that they don’t need, (at late hours of the night)perhaps their would be no reason to open up doors on Thanskgiving Day. As I pulled into work yesterday, I was shocked to see the parking lot completely full. When I actually made it inside of the store people were everywhere, clogging the aisles, like food clogs arteries. I wondered why they were out shopping instead of having dinner with their families. Or maybe they inhaled their plates fast, so that they could exhale all of the money from their bank accounts sooner. It made no sense to me. Business is good, but I also prayed to myself that they would all go home where they should be.I got a lot of pity from customers. ” You poor thing,” they would say,” I’m sorry you have to work Thanksgiving.” They meant well, but their apology seemed a little disingenuous considering they were the reason I was working at all. Their money talks, and the corporations heard. As I left work late last night, the store was still full…
America is so greedy in a lot of ways. How many TVs or pairs of boots can one own before they are satisfied? Apparently not enough. In a year, or maybe even less, the stuff that people purchase will hold little to no value to them. Family on the other hand, is what is truly fulfilling.
Let’s stop being greedy. Let’s take one day to stop and reflect, and then we can go crazy on Black Friday every year. “Black Thursday” doesn’t even have the same ring to it…
Always be thankful, and be kind to retail workers this holiday season.
Couturely Sound ❤