There is MUCH to be thankful for, and seeing it’s been a few years since I’ve contributed to this list (shame on me) I will attempt to convey a sincere apology yet also salute those who cherish the written word over another TV show, a computer game, or, an encore 2:00AM sit down with the screen of your laptop reflecting back with the God forsaken glow of FaceBook.
So in my absence, much has been a happening… What I’m thankful for I will address but before I take on such a task I must say, without apology, I don’t care for rules all that much unless of course they benefit myself in some fashion. With this, I must continue but in doing so I will move on only by starting with a rebuttal to this statement as a prerequisite of all to honor (or ignore) before writing:
- We ask that you refrain from stating the obvious (family, friends, health, job)
I for one have things to say…. If I’m grateful for a family member, I don’t want to skirt around the fact. If I have a friend which has given me reason to feel grateful, I’m damn strait gonna say it. If I feel good for my age and want to toot my own horn for not needing any prescription drugs to maintain my presence, all while feeling grateful, you got it, I’m gonna tell ya about it. The job: To comment on this would be frivolous, because to comment about a job I believe whole heartedly that one must actually have a job to comment about a job, and, due to not having a job I will refrain from commenting. Yet, I do remember a time in which I did experience this nuance in life, It was an interesting occurrence-I will say that without regret, but, I must also add, there is a reason I no longer have a job, and that’s all I’ll say on that subject.
Family: AHH, an institution! Some may say a dying institution but I say not! As the traditional family today is possibly a side car for some, today’s traditional family in many cases is a smorgasbord of people, traditions, and ethnic blending. Though many may balk at the notion we are united, some would say we are racially and traditionally segregated, yet in the end I believe we are closer than we’ve ever been. Call it a merging of acceptance. Individual growth is only achieved through others, I guess it would be appropriate to say here that I wish I knew more people!
For my family, Yes I’m grateful! My daughter is awesome and about to start her own family while my son is etching out his own fantastic world enjoying his second year of college. My family in North Carolina: I am sharing time with brother, Dave & wife, Rose, and book ended with Karima to the north and John to the south. Looking back, my time here has been a learning process, looking forward, I’ll continue to learn more.
For your family and for mine, I wish for peace.
Friends: I’m not sure where any of us would be without a few true friends. They humble us. They are the ones who remind us after they share their family stories, that our family, just may not be as F’d up as we had previously thought. Though no one truly enjoys being one upped, I think most would concur on this subject it may be refreshing to know the friend you thought had it all together is a bigger mess than yourself. To feel good about yourself, Keep your friends close, especially the ones who are more messed up than you, truly, you’ll feel better…
Health: Not much to report here: Things are good, which is certainly something to be grateful for.
Beyond all the above rule breaking I will add this:
Being a part of something for a long time and being a part of nothing for a shorter time, one has time to breathe. While every breath may not be as filtered as one would hope, it allows for growth. At any age, there is opportunity to grow and with that, one has everything!
- I am grateful to be a father:
- My daughter teaches me that over analyzing may just be the root to understanding
- My son teaches me that no matter what, waking up every day with a content disposition outweighs most anything.
- I am grateful for people with heart. Their numbers may be limited but when you are in the presence of such people they cast a mighty shadow.
- I am grateful for wind chimes. Because they alert us when mother nature makes a change and with that, we are reminded that we can change with her and adopt to what she may bring with her the next time the chimes sing.
- I am grateful to know the people I know, for they make me the person I am, though some may not always condone this.
- I am grateful for my sister, for I am always in awe of who and what she is.
- I am grateful to Greg, for he and my sister are both what they should be – when together.
- I am grateful for brother John, because through everything, he displays determination and perseverance.
- I am grateful for brother Dave, because he shows nobility through action and contentment with individuality.
- I am grateful for Rose, because she was the part that made my brother whole. (She also taught me how to color her hair) and there’s not too many straight dudes who can throw that one down!
- I am grateful for one particular individual for assisting me in getting where I am, though a path less traveled, it’s been a path of discovery.
- I am grateful to be grateful. And God forbid I follow the rules next year, please say it’s not possible!
A very heartfelt Thanksgiving wish of only fondness and good memories for you and your loved ones!