• Elijah Ricks

The Giving of Thanks

I have a lot to be thankful for. We all do, probably, but I am really thankful for a special time of year dedicated to reflecting on this simple fact. The Thanksgiving Holiday is not just a time of Turkey carcases, football, pies, stuffing, and great shopping (although I’m thankful for all of these things as well). But it’s a time to think of how great we really have things. For example, Avey is thankful for teething tablet mustaches…

1. Everyone I know (above a certain age) can read. 2. We are all in relatively good health. 3. Chocolate, in all forms. 4. Avey calls me, clear as day, “Daddy”. 5. I know who my parents are, and I know they both wanted me and planned to have me. 6. I’ve never broken a bone. 7. My family will never have to go hungry. 8. I’ve never lost a close family member. 9. I am loved. 10. Clean water. 11. All the knowledge we have. 12. Music, except for country. 13. I’ve never been in a natural disaster. 14. My daughter’s deep-belly laugh. 15. My wife treats me with respect and dignity. 17. I just skipped number 16, and no one can do anything about it. 18. Avey will know Bach, Handel, Dvorjak, and all the greats. 19. I can talk to almost anyone in the world with ease, thanks to technology. 20. My daughter can be anything she wants.

I could go on for hours, of course, but here are just a few to get warmed up. I hope we all take a few minutes and do this kind of thing this week, and every other week for the rest of our lives. Happy Thanksgiving!

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