I’m not flying. That fact is enough on its own to merit thanks. I just flew though, Denver, and Nashville airports, and never experienced the advanced frisk and fondle. Regardless the experience was sloppy and irritating. Yet I am thankful to have flown safely, and for a country where disagreement and outrage over government excess can be voiced.
I am thankful always for my fellow veterans, those who served, and those who serve today, standing between us and the uncivilized who live to destroy free people, free thoughts, and free expression.
For all its faults I am thankful for capitalism, and for “free” markets, enterprise, trade, private business ownership, and employment. No system is perfect, and ours has been over-managed and over-tweaked by overreaching government into near stagnation, but now we can be thankful for a new Congress that may remove some of the chains and allow America to be America. I will be thankful.
I am very thankful for that new Congress, people elected to return some of the voice back to us. I am hopeful they will do it, but thankful just the same for the hope and the chance. With that, I am thankful for the many who stepped forward in the election willing to serve, for a Constitutionalist governor, and that a self-avowed non-witch was not elected.
I am thankful for the best medical care and doctors in the world. My 88 year-old mother recently fell and dislocated her hip, then suffered a stroke while in the hospital. Her stroke team mitigated the damage and she is in rehab today. Unbelievable.
Of course the blessings of family are at the center of my thanks. Mine is secure and healthy, the cancer scare behind us, and now the joy of the grandbaby. Life is good. But I have friends traveling and in two very different directions. One in the south for a Thanksgiving family reunion, and the other to the southwest to bury his father.
So that is life, pain and pleasure, joy and sadness, success and failure, health and sickness, life and death. Life is precious and extremely fragile. Let’s live it well this year, give and love often, and be thankful for the simplest pleasure and most assumed blessing.
Best to all this Thanksgiving.