Life – filled with its ups and downs, the level plains which lie between;
The rain without which there would be no flowers;
The valleys where strength and supplies are found to climb to the mountain tops;
Health – though fraught with issues and concerns with which I must daily battle;
Healthcare – which has resulted in finding the root cause of many of my more serious physical ailments along with a cure for the fatal infection that threatens to kill me;
Eye Care – which provides the expertise to restore my vision rather than allowing me to go blind;
Family – who bring joys and tears, but with whom I could not live without;
Sons – those offspring who carry on and outshine the man who was their sire;
Granddaughters – who are beautiful, bubbly, putting a smile on my face even in the darkest moments with a look;
Daughters-in-Law – who put up with the “Old Man” and don’t fuss too much when their husbands stay in touch;
Mom – who may not always agree with the choices, decisions I make, but is always there to support me as her son;
Dad – who often is on opposite sides from where I stand, but is still there when least expected;
Siblings – who bring the tussle and tumble at times and the closeness and connectivity that none else can know;
Ex-Wives – without whom I would never have known the joy and love of my two sons;
Chooey – who provides companionship, alerts me and loves his “Daddy” uncoditionally;
My Soon-to-Be Ex-Partner Iohn – who put up with me through good, bad, sickness and health for over a decade;
Real Life Acquaintances – who have shown up at my door when unexpected, but at the right moment;
Online Friends – some who have been angels in some of my direst moments over the past few years when I felt I could not carry on;
Our Nation – though battered and torn at times, though enmeshed in family feuds at times, yet still the most free and greatest light of liberty in the world today;
God – for sustaining me thus far and deciding it was not time for me to cross the divide and go home last year.
From the Cornfield, I send out my wish to one and all for a day of reflection, a time with family and friends, a day of peace, love and joy this Thanksgiving Day before the madness of shopping fever takes over, forgetting the reason for the season.
May you find no matter your situation, station in life, health or wealth, there is always something for which to be grateful.