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Opinion

Thankful and not thankful

It’s Thanksgiving.  Families will get together and eat the traditional meal including turkey, and pumpkin pie. 

Probably before the meal many folks round the table and everyone will mention one thing they are thankful for.  That’s what my family does.  There are the expected replies, family, health, children, good job, doing well in school etc.   But there are things I think we all are or should be thankful that get overlooked.


I feel the need to publicly be thankful for these things or people.  First, I am extremely thankful for policemen and firemen.  They put their lives on the line of us every day. 

For a similar reason I am grateful to the servicemen and women who serve and protect our country, although I never gave them much thought until I visited Arlington Cemetery while on vacation.  The sight of all those graves brought tears to my eyes.

Then there are the teachers who love their jobs working with our children and helping them become the best they can be.  And, of course, we all have friends that are precious to us for many reasons. Thank God for all these people.


Beyond people there are so many things that we should be thankful for; simply a day that goes well, the sun shining after a few days of gloom, rain for a very needy lawn and garden, music to listen to that soothes your soul or enlivens you, a book that you read and really enjoy, time to relax with electronics or watch a good movie on TV.  And of course we are very grateful our favorite foods pizza and ice cream. The list goes on and on.


However there is another list; a list of what I’m not grateful for.  Let’s start with a mate who can be crabby, a son or daughter’s messy bedroom and their almost permanent attachment to their iPhone. Then there’s my  iPhone that I’ve had for more than a year and still have no idea how to do most of the things some older children know how to do automatically.

Who wants  an unexpected bill, a car problem in the middle of nowhere, or a family, like mine, that won’t eat most vegetables and take their time getting to the table when the food is almost cold.

Also, when calling a company I truly hate not being able to talk to an actual person instead of group of automated voices that are no help at all, waste a lot of my time, and raise my blood pressure.  Depending on the day and what’s going on there would be many more things I know I definitely would not be grateful, but that’s life, I guess.  You’ve got to take the good with the bad. 

And in retrospect these things aren’t so terrible and I’m thankful for that.

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