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What We Have To Be Thankful For

by Peary Perry
Peary Perry
Someone said to me the other day that they had more month left than they did money. I can feel their pain.

It seems to me that we just finished up with the Fourth of July and here we are headed into Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whatís happened to this year? Where did it all go and how come it seems as if time is actually speeding up each and every year? All I know is that each and every month just zips by. I no sooner get a month worth of bills paid, then there is another month and I have to start all over again. They never seem to stop, do they?

I was writing a birthday card to my daughter in law yesterday and mentioned to her that having birthdays wasnít all that bad. It beats not having one any day of the week. I hope to keep on having them as long as I can. Iím sure you feel the same.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and about this time of the year I always like to sit back and reflect for a few minutes about what we have to be thankful for. I just finished a great book about Europe during the Second World War. We can be thankful that our country has never had to go through that kind of destruction. I donít think it is possible for someone like me to know what it was like to have lived in those countries or have fought battles in those countries. Last week was Veterans Day and we certainly should be thankful for all of those who have fought or served to keep this country safe. If we were to put ten of us into a room and ask our opinions of the various wars this country has been in, you could probably get ten different opinions as well as ten different reasons why we should have been or should not have been in any war or world conflict.

The fact that we can express those opinions is something we should be thankful for and never forget.

For the most part my health is good and for this Iím very thankful. My knee replacement was successful and Iím about up to speed once again, but I donít think Iíll ever run another marathon. Not even my first one. I probably wonít be able to play the piano eitherÖnot that I ever could in the first place, but the knee surgery can used for sympathy from time to time. Having a knee replaced can get you a better seat on an airplane. At least thatís something useful after all the pain and therapy. Might as well make the best of it. I figure I can only do this for another couple of monthsÖ.canít stretch it out for a couple of yearsÖthey offer me a wheelchair but Iím not at that level yet.

Another thing we should all be thankful for is our family and our friends. Not a day goes by I donít think of all of the people who have made a difference in my life and who I sincerely love. An old (known for a long time) friend of mine just sent me some photographs of him and me together on a trip we made after we graduated from high school. I probably weighed all of 115 pounds dripping wetÖ..sure would like to be back around this again. Funny how the time goes by so fast and the pounds mount up as well. I wish they came off as easy as they went on, but then thatís life, isnít it?

To me, Thanksgiving is just about the best holiday of the year. Just figure out where everyone can meet and share some good times together. No gifts, no tree to hassle with and nothing to decorate. Just finish up the meal, throw away the turkey carcass and be with those you love and cherish.

I trust you all have someone you love and cherish. If you donít you need to find someoneÖ.there are lots of people out here who need a family and a new friend. Go out and meet someone, invite them to your house or manage to get invited. Then next year you can have something else to be thankful for. Weíre never too old or too poor to be thankful for something, no matter how bad off we think we are. Things could always be worse. Thanks for our men and women serving our country while we celebrate this holiday.


© Peary Perry
Comments go to pperry@austin.rr.com

Letters From North America - November 18, 2009 column
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