I thought about trying to be different and posting about the things that I am not thankful for today. But that would be disingenuous. I think there’s something to learn in all of the things that we face. So I may include some of the things that I could do without but for which I am thankful.
1) My wife. She is someone who has such a full heart. She puts up with all of my shortcomings — and there are a truck-load of those. She is an awesome mom to K-Man. She is a great friend. She knows when to challenge and when to encourage.
2) K-Man. Having a kid is a life-changing experience. He draws out the kid in me. And everyone should have someone who does that.
3) Friends. There are way too many of those to mention here. You know who you are. Several of you have been by my side for nearly 25 years. You’ve helped me through hard times and celebrated great moments as well. Thank you for your constant presence.
4) My job. My job provides us the means to put a roof over our heads. To pay for the cars we have. To pay for my student loans. To put food on the table and diapers on K-Man’s butt. It helps build a retirement as well.
5) Our church. It provides a place to be fed and many opportunities to serve. Opportunities that I don’t take full advantage of, but we’ll skip the self-imposed guilt trip today.
6) DirecTV and Tivo. You knew eventually I would get past the traditional focuses of thanks and get to the superficial aspects of life. I am thankful for satellite television for several reasons. The main reason is that it provided me with the means to tell the cable companies to take a hike. Plus it provides me access to scores of English and European football matches. And by football, I mean soccer.
7) Everyone who defends our freedom. People who leave their families for months, and sometimes years, on end to fight enemies known and unknown; seen and unseen.
8) Music. I don’t play any instrument, but I love music performed by those who can. Thank you to all the musicians who make life a little more pleasant.
I could go on and on, but I won’t. I’m going to pour another glass of wine and enjoy some family time. Thanks for hanging out today. Happy Thanksgiving!