Many things to be thankful for
Do you take a little time to pause at Thanksgiving and actually think about all the things you are thankful for? I bet you do. I know I do.
Here are a few of the many things I am thankful for this year.
I am thankful that I have always been blessed to have a job I really enjoy doing; one I could not hardly wait to go to the office and do. Putting out a newspaper each week takes a lot of work, and sometimes it can be frustrating and cause anxiety, especially when you are operating under deadline pressure.
But, it also is very rewarding. I think it has something to do with releasing creative energy.
It takes a team effort to put out a newspaper and right now I am thankful that we finally have a full team again at the Register. And I am thankful they are all terrific, hardworking, dedicated and fun.
I am thankful for the people who tell us they think we do a good job, and they enjoy reading the Register each week. I am even thankful for those who critique what we do, and point out what we have done wrong. It makes us work harder to do even better.
I am thankful the elections are finally over. I am not sure I could have lasted through one more week of television negative ads.
I am thankful there are people willing to run for our local offices and serve the public; not always an easy task.
I am thankful we have some elected officials with the vision to tackle some big problems and issues head on and try and make our Faribault County cities and townships an even greater place to live.
I am thankful there are many folks with great ideas and the drive to try and see them get done. Things such as a new Welcome Center in Blue Earth and finding uses for three empty buildings in Blue Earth, an empty school in Winnebago and an empty bank building in Wells.
I am thankful for two terrific schools here in Faribault County and all our great teachers. If you pay close attention to the Register each week, you will see that both Blue Earth Area and United South Central have many really awesome things going on. So do our private schools.
I am thankful we have a top-notch, wonderful hospital in our community. United Hospital District is a great facility, with terrific staff, and we should all be grateful to have it here.
I am thankful that one part of UHD is UHD Hospice, which is celebrating 30 years of helping people and their families at one of the most difficult times of their lives.
I am thankful that there are so many caring folks living in this county-wide community of ours who want to help their friends and neighbors who need a boost. From Operation Christmas Child, to the Bundle Up Project, to those guys who camp out in Juba’s parking lot to raise money for the food shelf. There are many folks in Faribault County who work hard to help others. In Frost, the whole community comes together to hold a fish fry benefit each year to help someone in their community.
I am thankful for the service of all our veterans from Faribault County, past and present, living and dead. And I am thankful for the citizens of the county who turn out at the annual Veterans Day events to salute them.
On a more personal note, I am thankful for having a roof over my head (a new roof, in fact), a warm house, food to eat and good health.
I am thankful for having a great family; three terrific kids who married three more wonderful people; nine fantastic grandchildren; and an assortment of brothers, brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, cousins and others who are quite a cast of characters and keep life interesting. I am also thankful for having a whole lot of good friends, who make my life a lot of fun, most of the time.
I am thankful that I can still visit with my mother, Natalie, and I am thankful there is a place like St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center here in Blue Earth that can give her the care she needs.
And, of course, I am most thankful for my wife, Pam, who has put up with me for 45 years. It is not easy living with an editor.
There are many more things I am thankful for, but I am running out of space and time to write them here this week.
However, I am sure you get the idea. I feel blessed that life is good, despite all the bad things that go on in this world. I am thankful that, all in all, I have don’t really have much to complain about.
But, let me add one more item of things to my thankful list. I am thankful for you, the readers of the Faribault County Register. And I hope there are many, many things you are thankful for this year, as well.