SIM­MONS

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be­cause the only time I ever root for the Cow­boys is when they are in the Su­per Bowl and I want our di­vi­sion to claim the big one.

So de­spite the NFL tra­di­tion of the Cow­boys play­ing on Thanksgiving, there will be no cheer­ing for Dal­las. No go, Tony Romo, no go! Be­sides, there is more to Thanksgiving Day than gob­ble, gob­ble and foot­ball.

Like many of you, our fam­ily had a few health scares this year, and when we did, we put petty gripes and an­noy­ances aside to col­lec­tively send up prayers.

We sent up prayers for Un­cle Reg in Pitts­burgh, who turned 100, and we sent up prayers for Ron­nie, my ex who was hos­pi­tal­ized in re­cent months for three sep­a­rate se­ri­ous ill­nesses.

We prayed for the new­borns in the fam­ily, rel­a­tives we haven’t seen in long stretches of time and for rel­a­tives who re­main un­em­ployed since the re­ces­sion.

We pray to­day for lost souls, peo­ple who strug­gle, some­times with them­selves, just try­ing to make it through an­other 24 hours.

We pray be­cause we be­lieve, and be­cause we be­lieve we give thanks.

We’re thank­ful for a hu­man race that of­ten rapes and pil­lages Mother Na­ture’s bounty, and we give thanks for the young minds, bod­ies and spir­its who will be ex­pected to bol­ster its fu­ture sus­te­nance.

That Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Day ac­tual co­in­cide this year is com­fort­ing, as both fo­cus on giv­ing thanks and light­ing the way for reded­i­ca­tion.

We give thanks for life, love, peace, health, joy and the hands and hearts that light the way.

The lights didn’t shine as brightly this sea­son for the ’Skins, but we’ve been down this road many times since Dan Sny­der bought the team in 1999.

And while los­ing sea­sons seem­ingly have be­come the tra­di­tion since then, there’s al­ways next year. So, dear read­ers, gob­ble, gob­ble. All things in mod­er­a­tion — ex­cept prayer and thanks.

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