Time to be truly thankful
Published 8:05 pm Sunday, November 19, 2006
I'm getting a few days' head start on Thanksgiving. Although my favorite holiday is still a few days away, I have realized that I have so much to be thankful for that I had to get an early start.
I hope you will indulge me with my list of things I'm thankful for this year.
I am thankful for my family. I have a husband who works and doesn't drink, smoke or beat me. How many women do you know that can say that about their husband? I realize I am one of the lucky few who have the ability to say that with pride. I have a wonderfully smart son (I know I'm bragging) who loves me and isn't afraid to show it. My husband and I had to wait until God saw fit to give him to us. We waited 16 years before that bundle of joy was deposited into our lives. God knew what he was doing.
I love my job. Not a whole lot of people can say that, but I can with a smile on my face. There is not one person at the office that I don't like. Shoot, I'll even go so far as to say I love them. We all get along great, most of the time, and that is truly something to be thankful for today and every day.
I even love my boss. She's a pretty good kid and she's coming along nicely. Honestly though, I haven't always been able to say that I liked my boss at other jobs I've held. But today, having Kerry as a boss is certainly on my Thanksgiving list. And, I guess, working with Susan, Lydia, Marilyn, Bruce and even the new gal, Debi, ain't so bad. I'm really thankful for a great bunch of co-workers.
I love my church. I don't feel anything but love when I talk about my church family and am happy to say “family” when I refer to them. I have an adopted grandmother in Pug, and my best friend in the whole world is my sister, Connie. Although neither of those two women are related to me biologically, you'd think we'd been together all of our lives. I've only known Pug for a few years but feel as if we are truly connected. I did grow up with Connie in my life. We were separated for several years because of jobs, college and marriages, but we have been reunited and sometimes it's scary how much we think alike.
I love my town. The folks in East Brewton and Brewton are great. Sure we have our differences, but in the long run, we're all part of the same community and I am proud of that. I don't mind telling folks when I'm out of town that I'm from Brewton. There is a sense of pride when I tell them where I live.
Last of all, let me say that I am thankful for you, the readers of this newspaper. I appreciate it when we get a call telling us about an event, an award or the good works of someone in our town. I even like it when you call to tell us how we messed up. Sometimes it's hard to see things that are right under your nose. I enjoy getting comments from readers when I'm out and about. It lets me know that the work we do is noticed and appreciated. That's just one more thing to be thankful for.
I have a good family, a good job, a good church, a good hometown. I also have a decent car to drive, clothes on my back, a roof over my head and the love of some wonderful people. I am thankful more than words could possibly say.
I hope that you will take this Thanksgiving holiday period to slow down and think about the good things in your life. If you are breathing today, be thankful. If you have a job, be thankful. If you have the love of someone, be truly thankful.
From the bottom of my heart, I hope that you can express your thanks for something today, Thursday, and always.
Lisa Tindell is a staff writer for The Brewton Standard. She can be reached at 867-4876 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org