A Time of Reflection
It has been said that the holidays are the most depressing time
of the year and that more people commit suicide now than any other
time of the year. Indeed if one dwelled upon the things you don't
have or the bad things that you read in the paper every day, it
could be depressing. It is not in my nature to contemplate these
things. For one thing, rarely does it comes to any good.
When I don't like something, I try to change it. If I can't change
it, then I try to change the way I think about it. I realize that
this is easier said than done but at least I feel like I have some
semblance of control.
I started thinking about the things for which I am thankful, and
here is a partial list:
I am thankful for my family. I was raised right. My folks bragged
on me when I did well and wore my butt out when I did bad. I learned
the difference. A few years ago my mother was in the hospital undergoing
heart surgery. She was weak and frail. We had all been there a long
time and were weary. I cracked a joke to lighten up the mood and
I used a "bad word". Everyone laughed. Mother motioned
for me to come over to her. She coaxed me over as if she were about
to utter her last words, but in one swift fluid motion, she quickly
smacked me across the face smartly and said "don't cuss."
I knew better, I did it anyhow and I paid the price. Every day's
a school day.
I'm thankful that I got fired on my birthday in January of 1976
from The Community News. I loved that job, but I qualified for food
stamps while working there because I made no money. If it had been
left up to me, I'd still be there struggling, living in a small
trailer on someone else's land. I spent almost a year unemployed,
and therefore learned to fend for myself. Jilda and I never went
without a meal but we did eat a lot of peanut butter sandwiches.
I learned that you get by on what you earn whether how little or
I'm thankful for BellSouth (and later EDS) who saw something in
me and hired me. It taught me about computers..about websites and
other things. It's a job that bought me a home, sent me and my wife
to school and allowed us to travel.
I'm thankful for my wife Jilda. She has put up with my eccentricities
for 30 years. Through times both bad and good. She keeps my life
I'm thankful for all my friends who make life worth living.
I'm thankful that I had the idea for this website and that I took
the time to make it happen. It has reunited me with so many of my
old friends and has allowed me to meet new friends.
I'm thankful for our soldiers who are so far away from home on this
Thanksgiving. They continue to make a supreme sacrifice so that
you and I can enjoy this beautiful holiday season. Keep them in
your thoughts and prayers.
I'd like to heare what your thankful for.
| George Williams writes:
I'd just like to say I'm thankful for my kids. They are so wonderful
(all of them). Jorge and Brad have
never been any trouble growing up. Sure, you have to put your foot
down sometimes, but , they never get into any BAD trouble like gangs,
drugs, smokin', or talking back. Looks like both are gonna graduate
and that makes me overwhelming happy. I'm also thankful for friends
of mine and the kids. Cindy*----You are an angel from Heaven.T HANK
YOU ! And, Coach Graham, you know what you did...THANK YOU. and thanks
to Rick for this wonderful DORA HIGH WEB PAGE.