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My family finds much to be thankful for this year and every year

 It’s good to be thankful every day, not just on turkey day. That’s an easy thing to say as we’re all caught up in running our lives, trying not to let our lives run us.   First and foremost, I am thankful for health and happiness blessing our little family. I’m thankful my wife and three incredibly sweet, caring, beautiful, smart, mischievous, playful, warm daughters look out for me. Sometimes I lose my way and they guide me back to the light.  My wife and I talk often of how fortunate we are, lucky to be speeding through life as a happy, healthy family. We know that and appreciate all that we have as so many around us are struggling with things far worse than what we have to endure.  With all the craziness going on in the world, people pointing fingers and placing blame it’s comforting to know things are okay here, under our roof. We should all thank those willing to lay down their lives to keep us safe at home and abroad.  

I’m thankful my parents are healthy as they gracefully navigate life toward their Golden Years. I’m thankful to have grown up with three brothers - great guys who I don’t get to see nearly enough.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I look forward very much each year to breaking bread and turkey legs with the family.  I’m thankful my mother still cooks turkey dinner. I’ve been fortunate to spend Thanksgiving at many different tables across this great land over the years. Every cook provides their personal culinary touch to this most traditional of American dinners but nothing compares to Mom’s.  The mashed potatoes perfectly whipped, gravy like no other I’ve tasted and of course the righteous bird. I don’t need the green bean casserole, nor do I need Grandma’s Jell-O with the green olives. Just pass the meat, potatoes and stuffing.  

I look forward every year to my father stumbling through Grace. He’s no preacher but the message gets through to all of us around the table, and travels the right channels onward and upward. Sure, we joke about it later but it’s always great to hear him bless the troops, a proud veteran himself.  I’m thankful I’ll get to sneak out to the local pub and meet up with a couple old buddies. Good times talking about the glory days over a few pints.  

I’m thankful my three daughters made their thankful lists.  Seven-year-old Molly writes, “I am thankful for my family and my friends. I am thankful for the whole world and my toys and my two dogs and cat and my home too and my food and my drinks and my school and to my whole life too and my teachers too and I am thankful for my craft stuff too.”  Nine-year-old Nora writes, “I am thankful for: My family. My food. My house. My pets. The four seasons. My toys. My town. The holidays. My clothes. Water. My friends. My school. My teacher. Education. My health.”  And our oldest, 10-year-old Avery, is thankful for: “My family, friends, education, pets, house, school, clothes, health, food, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sisters, school, teachers, awesome world, my toys, drinks, my life, and my stuff.”  It’s clear what’s important and what I am thankful for every day.  

Happy Thanksgiving! Be safe and enjoy.