2013-11-29 / Columnists

Slice of Life

Thanks
By Beth Hanning

Thanksgiving. I know this column probably should have been last week, but I honestly cannot think that far ahead. If you are a social media person you may have seen people posting things that they are thankful for this year. Some people list an item they are thankful for each day. I think that is very important. It is important to focus on what we have and what we do not have. I think sometimes many of us forget that.

Family: as much as I abuse my immediate family in this column every week about the items they lose, the technology that they cannot master or the headaches they may cause me, I am very thankful for each and every one of them.

Who cares if my dad cannot open his laptop, go to Yahoo or Google and search “What character did Kevin Costner play in the film 13 Days?” It only took me a few minutes to go to the IMDB (Internet Movie Database) app on my IPhone to find him the answer. Just last Saturday in the very chilly weather he walked to the post office and bought me a book of stamps when I mentioned I needed them the other day, even though he had already gone to the post office earlier that day. No one else would do that for me, thanks Dad.

Who cares if my husband has never done a load of laundry in 21 years of marriage, he does have some positive qualities. He has been very comforting when I come home from work and tell him that according to Charlotte Danielson I am not that great of a teacher. Thanks, John.

So what if my daughters lose more things than they hold onto each year. The items that they lose are only material things and can be replaced. Some I even make them replace themselves. The important thing is that they make me proud on so many occasions. We all know from the last year that material things can be replaced and we should not fret over them too much. The important thing is that everyone in my family is happy and healthy. Thank you Marianne and Meg for making Dad and I look great!

Friends: To be a bit corny Edna Buchanan once said, “Friends are the family we choose.” During the last few years I do not know what I would do without my friends. Some friends are relatives, some are not. They are the people who are always there for you and will tell you the truth when you most need it. Sometimes the truth is painful to hear, but that is their job. Some are so honest that they text me on Friday mornings, “Not your best column.”

So while we are sitting at our family’s Thanksgiving Dinner, remember that even though some of the members of our family and our friends drive us crazy, we are very thankful to have them in our lives.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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