Yes, it’s one of those non-political days. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday of the year. I think it’s because it’s the least commercialized. I’m not bombarded by Santa Claus (at least yet), Easter Bunnies, or the like. Yeah, I have to fight through all the advertising for the Black Friday Christmas sales, but that’s a minor point. I’m happy it’s here because I’m thankful for a lot.
Every year for the past ten years, my kids have brought their families out to the desert. We spend a week together with my Mom, and my sister-in-law, enjoying each others’ company, catching up on what they’ve been doing since we last got together (which was this past summer). We send the parents off on a “date night” to enjoy dinner and a movie while my wife and I get to entertain the kids, who half of them are now into their teenage years. We watch football on Thursday, movies at night, and just spend a lot of time together.
But I’m thankful for a whole lot this year, as well.
I’m thankful that my Mom is feeling better. She fell and broke a hip back in April. At 87 years old, that’s not a good thing. She had surgery immediately and took a few weeks to mend. Oh, she still walks with a bit of a limp, but she’s still with us and strong as an ox.
I’m thankful that I have been able to be retired and do what I want. Not everyone my age can say that. I meet a lot of people out here that are of retirement age and are living with little or no disposable income. We are doing just fine thank you! I’m glad I was able to retire when I did, because my old industry certainly has taken a turn for the worst and isn’t the fun place it used to be when I started working in it back in the 1970’s.
I’m thankful that my term sitting on a Board of Directors is up. As of December 16th, I’m free of the duty, and it’s been seven years of service. I’ve enjoyed it tremendously. I’ve met and worked with people I never would have been able to meet any other way. I’ve been able to host people visiting here from other countries, and I’ve been able to be on TV in China, France, Germany, Japan, and yes, even the US (CBS Sunday Morning). It’s been a fun time, but it’s time others get the chance to sit on that Board!
I’m thankful I’m married to the greatest woman in the world. My wife and I will soon celebrate 43 years of wedded bliss. I can’t imagine going through life without her. She’s my rock. And today is special because 44 years ago today, we got engaged.
I’m thankful God saw fit to let me have two of the greatest kids in the world. Oh, they may have been a handful growing up, but they have become excellent parents, wonderful role models, and just great people. I credit my wife with that.
And finally, I’m thankful for all of you. I started doing this as a release probably seven or eight years ago under a different name. I switched over to Lone Cactus back in 2018, and have been doing this now for just under four years. I’ve heard from thousands of people from all over the world, again, people I never would have, and may never meet in person. In fact, truth be told, I’ve only met probably four or five of the folks that have left comments here throughout the years.
Enjoy the day. With all of the crap going on in the world, take time today to realize you DO have a lot to be thankful. The crap can wait for tomorrow…it’ll still be there!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!