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I've Been Thinking: Thankful for grandchildren, daylilies and more

Thanksgiving is just a week away, and you’re probably getting together with extended family for the traditional turkey dinner.

If it’s not at your house and you don’t have to cook the dinner, I’ll bet you’re very thankful. However, that’s not the kind of thankfulness the Pilgrims had in mind all those years ago when they started this special day.

Their desire for religious freedom was what began their journey. As they sailed to America, the crossing was rough, and by the time they landed at Plymouth it was almost winter. With little food and only primitive shelter, that first winter must have been horrible. Many of the Pilgrims became sick and many died. Spring couldn’t have been much better. Indians showed them how to successfully grow crops. Those who survived all this had many reasons to be thankful.

I’m very grateful I haven’t faced anything like what the Pilgrims went through and that I’ve always been able to go to the church of my choice, but additionally there are things I’m thankful for in a much lighter category.

Here are a few that come immediately to mind.

I’m thankful I won’t have to put any children through college anymore and that my years of parenting teenagers are over forever!

I’m thankful for my grandchildren, who are helping me learn how to use Facebook, Twitter and my iPhone, which most of the time I’m not grateful for at all because it’s incredibly complicated, although I absolutely love Siri.

I’m thankful I don’t see well, so that when I look in the mirror I don’t see the wrinkles. I’m thankful I only have to buy food for me and my husband and that the high price of that food hasn’t given me a heart attack.

Thank goodness I have a very strong heart.

I’m thankful for my seven children, but even more thankful that I didn’t have a dozen because raising a family is a very hard job. I’m grateful that at my age fashion is not pink hair and ripped jeans, although it would be easy to be in style with scissors and jeans from a resale shop.

I’m thankful that I don’t like to spend a lot of money because my husband does. I’m thankful for my women friends of many years, and my first camping trip with five of them and our 25 collective children. Although my memory isn’t great, I’ll never forget that trip.

I’m thankful for daylilies. The first flower I loved and the love of gardening that followed. I’m truly thankful for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you through the Elburn Herald, Sugar Grove Herald and Kane County Chronicle.

Finally, I’m thankful for a glass of wine at the end of the day; it’s like a period at the end of a sentence.

Carol Kloskowski is a resident of Elburn. Feedback on this column can be sent to

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