Things are so easy for many of us, it's hard to know what to feel grateful for on Thanksgiving. Our iPods?
Time was, people could feel concretely grateful for having enough to eat, and not having the Spanish flu.
Studs Terkel used to say that when he grew up in the twenties, death was everywhere (but nobody talked about sex). He lived long enough to see our age, where all anyone ever talks about is sex—but no one, it seems, utters a mumbling word about death.
This picture, from Chicago in 1941, backs him up.
Happy Thanksgiving, kids. Be grateful, for 10-cent premiums that protect your family from embarrassment—and for sympathetic service from the undertaker.