So many things to be thankful for
This week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
Traditionally, it is a day to think about all the things you are thankful for. And, of course, to get together with family and friends and eat turkey and all kinds of other very delicious food.
And that is exactly what we plan to do at our home in Blue Earth, with 19 family and friends showing up, weather permitting.
From October to April, everything in Minnesota is scheduled with the addition of the catch phrase of “weather permitting.” And this year, the weather on Thanksgiving Day and the days before and after is looking a little iffy when this column was being written, a week before the actual date.
The weather man has been known to be wrong before, of course, and I am planning on his being wrong again.
Anyway, Thanksgiving Day this year is bound to be a little different than the one a year ago.
Last year, both my mother and one of my oldest and dearest friends passed away on Thanksgiving Day.
Now, the thing about Thanksgiving Day is that it is always on a Thursday in November, but the actual date changes. So, the anniversary of my mother’s and friend’s death was actually this past Friday, Nov. 22. But, Thanksgiving this year is much later and is this coming week Thursday.
Maybe we will do some remembering of Mom and my friend Dick Chambers both times.
(By the way, as I have mentioned before, my father died on Christmas Day. That holiday is always on the same date every year, Dec. 25, so we always remember him then. And to make it even more interesting, my younger brother died two days after the Fourth of July holiday. And in the tradition of my father, a real jokester, my two other brothers and I have divvied up the holidays. I got Easter, Randy got New Years, and because Bill is the biggest trickster of the family, we gave him Halloween. I know, it is a little maudlin, but still sort of funny.)
Anyway, back to the Thanksgiving Day tradition.
I am thankful, of course, for my wonderful wife of 47 years, Pam, my three wonderful kids who married three great people and my terrific nine grandchildren. And that all are doing pretty well.
And I am thankful for my health and that all things considered, I am doing pretty well, also.
I hope everyone is able to start their list like this.
Beyond that, I am thankful for having a great place to live, a nice home, having a fun job with wonderful co-workers and having so many friends I can’t count them all. I am lucky that the number of people who like me far outnumber those who don’t.
I am thankful that I was able to have my mother live here in Blue Earth the last four years of her life, and I’m also thankful we have such an awesome care center here, St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, where my mom lived for those four years here. And that we are lucky enough to have several other senior care facilities here in our county. Someday I may need one of those.
And I am thankful for the fact we are blessed with one great, incredible hospital. And, for all the caring staff at these facilities, especially for the ones who helped care for my mother.
I am thankful for all the schools we have here in Faribault County. We have some good ones, from the public ones to the private schools. They all, too, have dedicated teachers and staff. Let’s add our elected officials to the list. I am always thankful folks are willing to fill these positions. That goes for all our public employees as well. We live in small towns and these folks treat us pretty well, like they are our neighbors and friends, which often, they are.
I am thankful for everyone who volunteers their time and abilities. They serve on committees, belong to church groups or service clubs, or just plain help out anyone, anywhere, whenever it is needed.
We are all thankful for the fact we live in a place where people respond in a big way to help out someone who is having troubles.
Then there are those who serve as law enforcement officers, firemen, ambulance EMTs, and all of our veterans who are, or who have, served our country.
Well, you get the idea. I am thankful for many, many things. You probably are too, and I hope you take a little time this Thursday, before or after the big meal, to make a list of the things you are thankful for. Hopefully your list, like mine, could go on and on, because, truly, we all have a lot to be thankful for.
And, as I do every year, I will end this Thanksgiving Day column by saying thanks to all of you, our readers, advertisers and supporters for the last 150 years of the Register’s existence.
You make all of our hard work worthwhile.