Thankful and Thoughtful

The Winbush Family

Thanksgiving 1970 with the Winbush Family (L-to-R: Jeff, Truman Jr., Sheryl, Patricia, Michael and Estella Winbush with Truman Sr. taking the photo)

Happy Thanksgiving.   Unless you’re a Native American.  Then you have a reason to have mixed emotions about today.

I don’t have any deep pronouncements or thoughts about this day.   I sleep by day, work by night and in between I’ll watch football games with teams I don’t care about until it’s time to dine with my family and try not to overeat.

I’m thankful for the health of my wife and kids who aren’t kids anymore.   I’m thankful for having a roof over our heads and jobs that enable us to keep it there.

I’m thankful for having health insurance when I got sick and I’m hopeful that while the Obamacare roll-out has been a mess that things will get fixed and those millions of Americans without healthcare coverage will be able to buy some.

I’m thankful I live in a country where though I have government agencies playing like The Police and  watching every breath Americans take and every move we make,  we’re still free to complain about it, raise hell about it and if we’re pushed too far, do something about it.

I’m thankful President Obama isn’t as cruel, selfish, and stupid as many of his critics are.  I’m not sure Obama will go down in history as a great president,  but I’m certain he will be considered one of the thoughtful and smart ones we’ve ever had.

I’m thankful I still have my old music collection because I don’t hear much new music worth adding to it.

I’m thankful that while we have to scuffle and scrape sometimes to make the ends meet, they meet enough that we’re able to give something to charity and enable others not as fortunate to have a Thanksgiving dinner.

I’m thankful there are more good people in the world than bad even if the bad people get all the attention.

I’m thankful for every day I have had and as many as I have left.   I’ve got things left to do and I’m not working on a bucket list yet.

I’m thankful for every chance to get right tomorrow what I got wrong today.

I’m thankful for those that like me because of something I’ve said, done or written as well as those that dislike me for the same reason because if you have no critics, you’ve had no success.

I’m thankful because there was a time this year I wasn’t sure I’d even be here for Thanksgiving.

I’m thankful because I have more reasons to be thankful than not to be.

If this guy can be thankful after the last few weeks he’s had, how can I not be?

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7 thoughts on “Thankful and Thoughtful

  1. I’m thankful for your blog. As a Native American I definitely have mixed feelings about the day, but I try to stay positive and focus on the gratitude aspect of it.

    • Thanks, hrygth. As someone who isn’t a Native American, but read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and had his mind absolutely blown by it, I can’t begin to understand the conflicted feelings of a First American to Thanksgiving Day.

  2. I have to say that I am thankful for your blog as well. I think you’re a straight-shooter and very honest about what you see happening around you and I am happy you’re blogging. I too respect the holiday as a day to be grateful and to reflect, but I don’t go in too deep out of respect for the native realities (even if I am not). They are our brothers and sisters and I think it’s only human to take that into consideration.

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