Sometimes the month flies by and I'm left wondering where all the time goes; specifically, when it dawns on me that the last Saturday of the month is this Saturday and that I need to write a column.
Thanksgiving is this week and I thought that it would be good idea to include my friends in the celebration. No, I'm not inviting everyone over for a meal, but I did invite them all to share with me, and you, their Thanksgiving memories or what they're thankful for. I'm going to start with what people are thankful for.
The first was mentioned by more than one person and that is that we live in a community where we can help our neighbors and that we have programs that help them from health care to food pantries. The next comment had to deal with in-laws (and outlaws) and that when they visit they: 1) bring a dish to pass, 2) help clean up after the meal and 3) if they are staying for the weekend, they leave once in a while to give the hostess a break.
My brother sent this thought on what he was thankful for. It was that he was thankful that five years ago he had the opportunity to have all of his children and his grandchild together in one place. A student of mine posted (I used Facebook for this column request), that she is thankful for blended families and for families that accept you for who you are. I like that one, Thanksgiving is a time to accept all of our family and friends for who they are.
A co-worker and friend talked about her memories of an aunt who hosted Thanksgiving dinner and would enjoy her sisters and their children, the games that they would play and the togetherness of the day. What I'm thankful for is that I'm employed and that I enjoy my job and can't think of anything else I'd rather do. I'm thankful that my latest entrepreneurial venture is successful and will provide a very merry Christmas. I'm thankful for a wife who lives with my moodiness, and for children, who may think that I'm a dork but they still listen to me and my fatherly wisdom anyway.
With only a few more weeks left in the semester after Thanksgiving I'm also very thankful for my students who listen to me, laugh with me and only complain a little when a test is "hard."
Lastly, I'm thankful for my friends from both the real world and the Facebook world who helped me out this week with Thanksgiving closing in on all of us. The last post from our friend Joan I think sums up what we are all thankful for, "We live in an amazing community. It's beautiful, clean, safe, people are kind, family is important, neighbors help one another, etc. I personally have amazing friends and family and I am grateful for them every day. ... They do selfless, wonderful things all the time and I hope they know how much I appreciate them and how grateful I am that they are a part of my life!"
I couldn't have said it better myself. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and family I hope your day went well and that the Lions and Packers played to a tie.
Brian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.