Across America Thursday is the day we gather with friends and family and give thanks for our blessings. This is my first Thanksgiving as a blogger, so it seems appropriate to take this space and this time to give public thanks.
As this is being written my Mom is under Hospice care and is not expected to live much longer. She has had a full, 84 year life including being married 63 years to a man who adores her. She has raised three sons who love her and are doing well in life. She has seven grandchildren and four great grandkids. It is expected she will die peacefully in her sleep, with no pain. Shouldn't we all be so lucky.
What I give thanks for today is not just the fact of her life, but that she and My Dad moved to be close to me and my family 23 years ago. My wife and I got to enjoy years of parties, dinners, game nights, vacations together, holidays, and memories. My daughters had the incredible bonus of growing up with grandparents as part of their life from early childhood onward. They felt the special love that only grandparents can convey. They enjoyed the fun of an extended family. Their lives are so much richer for having Gran and Grandad by their side.
I am giving thanks for my good health. Except for the normal aches and pains that come with my age, I take virtually no medicine and have no restrictions on my life because of an ailment. It takes work to maintain one's health. With tongue firmly planted in my cheek a post last week raised the question of whether healthy eating and exercise are evil forces in our life. I know that a large part of the quality of my retirement is my responsibility. I am thankful that, so far, so good.
I am thankful for being well fed, clothed, and comfortably housed. I have money in the bank and two cars in the garage. This puts me in the top 1% or 2% of the world's population. Living in this country it is often hard to be aware of how unusual our style of life is among the world's nearly 7 billion people. It is important to remind ourselves that we are blessed and amazingly lucky to be here. No matter how tight your budget, or how long you have to wait for that new blouse or iPad, there are billions of people who would change places with you in a heartbeat. I am thankful for living in America. With all our problems and all the discord at the moment, would you really rather live somewhere else?
A heartfelt thanks for my wife of 34 years , my two beautiful daughters, and my 3 grandkids. They make my life worth living. They make me want to be a better man and a better human.
Finally, a thank you to God and the blessings he has granted me through his love and grace. My faith is central to my life and crucial to who I am. Whatever your religious beliefs (or lack of) I doubt you would argue with me that the world needs our love, needs our concern and involvement, and needs the steady hand of the creator, in whatever form he may exist
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
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