By Bill Fox/Columnist
The older I get, the more I realize, especially at Thanksgiving, there are a lot of things I take for granted.
I know when our four sons were younger at Thanksgiving dinner we sometimes would ask what they were grateful for. Now they are adults, we still sometimes reflect together on what we are grateful for before Thanksgiving dinner.
It might be fun for young parents to start an ABC list of what they’re grateful for this year for youngsters and for adults as well.
The object of this game is to go from A to Z, and if we get stuck we go back up to A and start again.
Here is an abbreviated list I thought might give parents a head start:
I am thankful for animals, as they always remind me that I am sharing the planet with them and we have to look after their homes too.
Airplanes, so as to visit family members in far away places.
Arms allow us to hug each other.
Angels who guard over us and protect us.
Awareness of our world, both in the beauty of nature but also in the struggles of our fellow human beings.
Butterflies, as they allow us to appreciate the wonders of nature and make us appreciate that as caterpillars they may never have realized their full potential.
Bananas, good food we can take on the road.
Boats, where we can travel and see life under the water.
The Bible that teaches us stories of great people and can help us guide our actions.
Books that take us to far away places and allows us to learn so many things.
I am thankful for coffee that my wife and I have together before our day begins.
I am thankful for children, and my children and grandchildren in particular. Every day is precious when seeing their enthusiasm and accomplishments.
Coats keep us warm as the cold months approach
Cameras help us to recall beautiful moments of family gatherings and to document the growth of youngsters.
Computers can be such useful tools for checking the weather, computing, etc.
I’m thankful for dogs, so loyal, so fuzzy.
Dreams allow us to see the possibilities in our future.
Dancing can be the best form of exercise and can be so much fun.
Drums to keep a beat and sometimes to release tensions.
Doughnuts as a fast pick me up.
Some famous people have commented on giving thanks:
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. But if you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
Finally, “If you want to feel rich, just count all of the gifts you have that money cannot buy.”
Trusting we all have a very grateful Thanksgiving weekend, I’m at firstname.lastname@example.org