How does one write a
column about Thanksgiving? There just are not enough words, or at least the
correct words, to say all that I feel…all that I am thankful for. However, it
is late at night, the house is quiet and the thoughts begin to run through my
mind, so I thought I’d share what I can.
I’m thankful for my
country. The United States of America. I’m thankful for the freedoms we have
and the diversity of our communities. Even though we tend to get a little ugly
during elections, our system still works. I’m thankful for my freedom of
speech. I have the freedom to write a column in any newspaper in this country
proclaiming that I have a faith in God, as does anyone else have the right to
say that they don’t have the same faith. Or that their faith is in a different deity.
That’s a good thing. I’m thankful that in time of disaster, that we see
Americans helping Americans without a thought. During the recent hurricane in
the northeast part of the country, people, not counting agencies, but just
ordinary people came from all over to help their fellow Americans dig out and
begin life again. And it continues.
I’m thankful for our
military, past, present and future. Men and women who believe in our country so
much that they are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect what
America stands for and believes in. Hoo-ah! Along with the military, I’m
thankful for our police, fireman and educators.
I’m thankful to be a
born and bred southerner boy. A Georgian from McDonough in Henry County. This
is a good county with good people from all walks of life and cultures. Even
though we hate to see growth and changes come, once the construction ends and
the traffic eases off, it is still the best place to live. Where else can you
buy tomatoes in a drugstore, have a platform to just sit and watch trains pass,
a major motor speedway, zombie parades to dance in the City’s Square and, like
it or not, lots of ghosts in surrounding buildings to watch us as we work and play?
I’m thankful for The
Henry County Times family. Not just Mickie, John, Nick, Melissa, Seth, Renee and
Tina who put so much time and effort into producing the best newspaper
possible, but I’m thankful for all my fellow columnists who give us humor,
things to ponder and remember, spiritual things to dwell on, books to read,
plants to grow and on and on.
thankful for my family. My mom and dad who raised me to be a good Christian and
encouraged me as my gifts for music and writing began to emerge. My grandma who
took me to the Atlanta Symphony as often as she could to make sure I was
exposed to the culture of the classics. I’m thankful for my sister and brother
who have tolerated me as a big brother for, oh, so many years. I only recall a
couple times that they threatened to adopt me out somewhere. I’m thankful that
at this point in life that I can share a home with my mother and brother. And
it is a good thing.
thankful for my relationship with God. It defines who I am. I know that He is
the one who has blessed me with all that I have, both that listed above and that
in my heart. May I always be a vessel for Him.
As I close, I wish
all of you in my Henry County family a truly thankful Thanksgiving and hope
that you can gather during this holiday season with those you love and hold