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Giving thanks

It is Thanksgiving week again and the perfect time to think about all of those things we have to be thankful for.

Most of the time we (Jack and I anyway) forget to do that when we should. It is always easier to dwell on the things you want, rather than the things you have – it is a very “human” trait, so it’s good we have a special holiday to stop and remember those things we do have to be grateful for.

First for the USA, where we can gripe and complain all we want about the government and nobody shows up on our door to haul us away for it…

And, for being lucky enough to live in a country where we really do have the opportunity to work hard and make our lives better if we want to. Its great having the freedom to try and change things for the better – a tough job, I agree, but always possible.

When you are listing good things, you should also remember to look around and see all of the people right here in our own little part of the country who are out there trying to make things better for those of us who are less fortunate.

It’s great that there are so many organizations to help out when it is needed and so many people dedicated to helping others. The US isn’t a perfect place to live, but it is certainly close.

And, despite winter, mid-Michigan is probably one of the best and safest places in the country to live.

I have to add that I am very thankful for our family, wonderful talented kids and grandkids and a couple of beautiful great granddaughters too. Sometimes it is really nice to be the old folks: “g-ma and g-pa.”

Most of the family will be here this weekend and we will have a great dinner together and celebrate a couple of birthdays too. What more can you ask for?

With Thanksgiving over for most, the holiday shopping season is now officially underway. Black Friday (when stores get back “in the black”) is here and I wish all of you shoppers good luck and short lines.

This old lady will be sticking around home and getting ready for our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow – a tradition in this newspaper family, since we were always super busy the day before the holiday because of the newspaper deadlines.  Celebrating “turkey day” on Saturday has always made for a much more relaxed and enjoyable holiday in this household.

The Christmas shopping can wait. It always does for me anyway. I never even get started until mid-December…and I have given up trying to be that “Suzy homemaker” who has the house decorated by now and the presents all bought and wrapped up two weeks ahead of time. Actually I don’t even think she really exists…

After all my motto has always been “Why do it today if you can possibly put it off for a day or two?”

Along with Thanksgiving, it is also the middle of this year’s firearm deer season. Daughter Lisa got her buck – a seven point – on opening day. Alison, who is ten, went hunting with her mom for the first time and after that experience, she decided she isn’t quite ready to be a hunter yet. On November 16 she was at our house and we were making Christmas cookies instead…

Hope your holiday is a super one. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!