Yes it’s a holiday. Yes some people have the day off. Most are gathering families to be together and have a meal and tell stories and jokes all day long. Thanksgiving is a time that is supposed to bring us all together.
Yes, I just had some turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy. I had a few pieces of bread and my favorite drink. I am very thankful I was able to do this with my wife Michelle and her family. I have two sisters one younger Theresa, and one older Tammy who I hope have a wonderful day as well.
I lost both of my parents years ago, almost 6 years between the two of them. I miss them. They are not forgotten, I cried a little this morning but I am thankful for the things that they gave me.
I was also thinking about the time I had Thanksgiving dinner when I was stationed at Camp Page in South Korea back in 1998. We all sat together, no separation, Officers sitting with Enlisted, Warrant Officers and NCO’s (Non Commissioned Officer) all intermingled. It was a great dinner, we all talked about our families and what it was to be alive and well. There was no discrimination based on race or religion, just people sitting together as friends and family.
Many people might not get to spend Thanksgiving with their families. Those who are in the military, cops, firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedics, safety forces, nurses, doctors, and all hospital staff, and everyone else that has to work this day we need to remember what they do for all of us.
I have missed many a holiday as a Paramedic, but I always had my heart with those that I loved.
So what am I thankful for?
- I woke up breathing today. That is always a good day.
- My wife Michelle, she is my rock and my life. Today and everyday.
- My sisters Teresa and her kids Cecile and Trevis, and my sister Tammy as well. I love them very much.
- That I am healthy enough to still do some things. I do have severe back pain, but thankful I am able to move.
- Even though I am not able to work after 23 years as a Paramedic, that I have this blog and a way to maybe reach all of you.
- I know it’s a possession, but my 2015 Nissan Xterra. It was the last model year, they stopped making it. I so love this SUV.
- Some of the products that I have had a chance to review that have helped us save money when we needed it.
- All of you that are reading this right now. Without you, this site wouldn’t exist. I can’t grow without your help, so please share. Thank You.
So tell me what are you thankful for? What brings you joy on this day? Are you doing anything special today? Remember, there are those currently serving in the military overseas, and those that can’t be home today because of what they do, think of them. ~Tom