Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

If you dig deep enough into the my family tree, there are a couple of Mayflower connections, my ancestors were at the first Thanksgiving in the new world.  Giving thanks for having survived the year, for a harvest that was sufficient to see them through the winter, for peace with their neighbors.  

So here we are today.  Few of us have struggled to bring in a harvest, but I am thankful for the farmers who do.  Having grown up on a funny farm I know what it takes, the risks and rewards of agriculture and I am thankful for year without famine.  

I don't feel a threat to my safety from my neighbors, there are threats in our world, more so than there should be, if we could all learn to let others live their lives without trying to impose our standards on the world.  

I have much to be thankful for. I have traveled a lot, 48 states, and over a dozen countries. I have had opportunities to get an education that leaves me with more formal education than 99.3% of the worlds' population. Education has opened doors for me to help improve the lives of other, and allowed me to earn a decent living. I have a comfortable home.  I have a little money in the bank, and money set aside for retirement (I worry that it is not enough, but it surprises me when I add up what we have.)  I have a job that pays me comfortably, and provides good health insurance.  I am loved and I love others.  

This has been a challenging year, I knew it would be.  I am thankful that my mother's suffering came to an end, and thankful that my father's suffering was short - as he wished it would be.  I am thankful that they were well cared for and able to live out their lives at home - as they wished.  I am thankful that they had the resources to live out life as they wished, I hope I am as wise with my resources as they were with thiers.  

I am thankful that I am spending this day, with family. 

Have a wonderful day of Thanksgiving.  

What are you thankful for? 


  1. I am thankful for many things, but mostly for my friends and family. I hope you and yours habe a Happy currently in Alexandria!

    1. Welcome to home! How long are you in town? Let me know if you need a quick Gin.

  2. Those photos are wonderful!
    I've been very depressed and disgruntled this year - but then I think of how many people are far less fortunate than myself, with far more problems. It's good to be alive and share this universal "adventure".
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  3. I'll bet you're related to San Geraldo! 9th cousins maybe? I am thankful to be having a Thanksgiving tapas celebration with Spanish friends Saturday night.

  4. I am thankful for knowing you two.

  5. Anonymous11/23/2017

    Thankful for my blogging friends. Have a great day.

  6. thankful I woke up alive to kick ass for another day!

    1. Me too! Being alive and upright is good!