Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

by G.Parker

I know Thanksgiving was yesterday, but I wanted to take this time to mention all the things I'm thankful for.  There is so much to be thankful for in today's world, and I would like to mention the ones that are at the top of my list.

I'm thankful for:

A loving husband and family.  There can never be enough said about that, especially my husband who supports, loves and is simply the most amazing man on the planet.  ;)  My extended family that we just spent Thanksgiving day with.  Who else can you go shooting with, and then having a large feast with and will still want to play card games until all hours of the night?

A warm house to live in - especially when so many are struggling to make ends meet and keep their homes, let alone the weather issues that have created so many homeless.

Running water (not to mention HOT water) and electricity.  I'm thankful every day for modern conveniences, let me tell you.  I remind myself what it would have been like for the pioneers and having to wash things by hand by a river or over a rock...shudder.  And electricity for the internet...where would we be today without the internet?  You wouldn't be reading this for one thing.  ;)  With that goes computers and word processors.  I grew up with typewriters, and remember being thrilled when I first typed on an electric typewriter.  Wow!! That was amazing.  Now it's a whole different world, and I love that most about my computer.  I could actually loose the internet and most other functions of the computer, but take away some way to write and I'd be really depressed!

The nation we live in.  Yes, it has it's problems, and I may not always agree with the people who are running it, but it's still better than anywhere else on the planet and we're still free.

Food.  Especially bread and pizza.  Okay, and chocolate.  Green veggies are there too.  I guess a stove and oven would go with food (or else electricity or gas, depending on which you use.) And I would like to add microwaves to that group...they are a marvelous invention!!  I remember when I came home from my mission and my parents had one.  Wow.  (I guess that dates me...)

Cars.  I'm very thankful for having a car that runs and I don't have to walk everywhere or depend on a bus.  Not that those things are bad -- walking especially is good for you!  But when you're in a time crunch, or it's in the middle of a rain storm or it's freezing outside, a car is a very handy thing.

And this is only last because I wasn't going to mention it, and realized it was missing.  The gospel of Jesus Christ.  Where would we be without that??  I'm hanging my head in shame now....

So, as we contemplate the Christmas season, I would ask that you keep the spirit of Thanksgiving in your heart every day for the air that we breath, the bodies that we have, and the people in our hearts.

Thanks for being part of our lives, and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  See you next week.

By the the end of today I will have finished Nano.  Have you reached 50,000 yet?

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