A Time For Thanks

by lewwaters

Once again, the last Thursday of November brings another Thanksgiving Holiday. The origins of the Holiday may be debated still as well as the original meaning, but it remains a day set aside long ago for us to show our thanks for all we have and how fortunate we are to be in the freest nation ever imagined.

While we should be thankful every day for the good fortune we have to be Americans, we still set aside one day a year to show our thanks and spend time with loved ones, even those we have differences with. It is a day where we should be able to set aside petty political differences to enjoy our families and loved ones company and for a few, enjoy those who have been absent in faraway lands, especially those returning from war.

Even with all of our troubles and political squabbling we do day after day, we in America still have much to be thankful for. Many people of the world envy those we call poor in America as even our poor are seen as wealthy by so many in other impoverished countries.

Even in these dire economic times our poor are still better off than the children of Africa and many South and Central American countries were food is scarce, clean water a luxury and sanitation almost non-existent causing the premature deaths of many.

Still, we Americans can look around and find much to complain about and even in that we are fortunate that in America we may stand up and express our disagreements with elected officials without fear of retribution in the form of a late night visit from government thugs to “correct our attitude.”

So for just one day out of the year, we give our thanks in our own way. Some to God or another higher power and some just to their families and loved ones. That too is part of the hard fought freedoms we enjoy.

For me personally, even though my life has been filled with rough spots and did not turn out as I had hoped for in my teens, I can find much to be thankful for.

I am part of a very exclusive group of Americans, a Veteran. Sent to war years ago, I came through without any major injuries or wounds. Through the US Army I had the fortune to visit other countries and see just how good we Americans have it. Many of my attitudes today were formed by what I witnessed then and no matter how rough it might have been at times, I am thankful for being here and having the freedom to share what I witnessed long ago.

I’m thankful to have been invited to Woodland Primary School these past 2 years to share with 3rd graders my experience and to receive their hugs and thanks as only a child can give.

I’m thankful to have 2 daughters born to me and that they have grown into fine women themselves who have never disappointed me, even though we disagree at times.

I’m thankful for friends I have made in this journey of life who still impact me in several ways.

I’m thankful to have a wife that stands by me and supports me in my day to day efforts.

I’m thankful to be able to choose for myself whether I go to Church or not and to be able to speak freely about what I believe, if I so choose.

As I cross over into senior citizen status, I am most thankful that we still see young people doing just as I did 4 decades ago volunteering to stand in harm’s way between us and our enemies.

Yes, we in America do have much to be thankful for and what I state above is just the tip of the iceberg for me.

So for just this one day, let’s come together and celebrate all we have to give thanks for.

If any are interested in knowing a little more about me, please visit Couv.com for a look at the interview they recently held with me.

13 Responses to “A Time For Thanks”

  1. Mister Lew, you have produced a wonderful tribute to Thanksgiving. I wish all the best for you and your family and to all others, reminding ourselves that life is too precious to take for granted.

    And folks, if you know of someone who might be spending the day alone this Thanksgiving, open your hearts and share some quality time (and maybe that extra plate of Thanksgiving Dinner) with that person. Even a call on the telephone can make a world of difference in the lives of the lonely.

    Happy Thanksgiving, All.

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  2. My wife and I are giving Thanks that our new Son in Law is confirmed to be “boots on the ground” Stateside as his unit returns from deployment to Iraq today at Fort Hood Texas. He is airborne right now out of Bangor AFB, Maine and the Army will be returning him to the custody of his new wife later this afternoon.

    Welcome home to the Red Dragons of the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment! Well done Boys, and you cannot know how glad and relieved we all are that all of you made it out of Iraq in one piece.

    We’re hosting a family Thanksgiving dinner for 16 tomorrow, and although our Victoria and Phil will be spending Thanksgiving in Fort Hood, we’ll be hooking up with them when the rest of the family gathers via Skype, to welcome him home.

    Lots for our whole family to be Thankful for this year!

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  3. You truly have much to be thankful for, Bob.

    I can’t think of too many other things to be thankful for than what you have.

    I hope you all have a most wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  4. Lew, Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your readers. The staff at COUV.COM really enjoyed getting to know you.

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  5. Thank you.

    I hope you all at Couv.com and your families have a great Thanksgiving as well.

    I look forward to getting to know you all more there.

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  6. To Goldie, Bob, Kelly, David Madore and staff and all the families of Vancouver, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. During Thanksgiving, as American toiling masses traditionally give thanks to the government for what it has distributed to them, all conscientious members of community are required to experience the following emotions:

    (a) deep gratitude to the government for letting them live;
    (b) utter unworthiness compared to the magnanimity of the state;
    (c) everlasting guilt for consuming what they have not produced, as well as for not giving back to the community according to their abilities.

    If you do not experience said emotions, you are not a conscientious member of community and shall be disposed of according to the Party Manual (Page 894, Paragraph 5) with all your belongings confiscated by the state and redistributed to the more worthy members according to their needs.

    Have A Glorious Progressive Thanksgiving!

    (It’s mandatory)

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  8. Dear God, shift the paradigm on this Thanksgiving and blissfully give thanks for the gift of government, and thank the government for the gift of taxes. Bless my taxes, O God! Give me peace of mind as I rejoice in filling out forms and returning money to its rightful owner, the government. Keep me joyous, I pray, as I write out those checks. Yea, Lord, we know that there is little reason to be joyous with this Administration’s imperialism and impending rape of the Iranian peaceful energy program, but the thought of a new tax year still brings to us a swelling tear of joy. And whisper to me, Lord, all the good reasons that I send my money to my government every year.

    Raise my awareness to the fact that I could not write this prayer, and would be a barely-functioning illiterate living in the gutter, if I had not received a free tax-subsidized education; my parents could not have afforded both my tuition and their own tax payments, so my tuition was supplied, at no expense to anyone, by the government. Remind me of how my mind has been so wondrously calibrated by our free public schools!

    Gently show me that the Internet, through which I send this prayer to others, was created by committees of civil servants. Help me to recall that my freedom to pray as I wish was purchased with tax dollars that paid for dairy price supports. Quietly kiss me as you raise my awareness that the only deserving people, the most noble among us, are those who subsist on government programs — paid for with our taxes. My Lord my God, fondle me as you energize me with the hopefulness of higher taxes that can pay for an even more effective Internal Revenue service, which in turn can collect even more taxes for an even more effective Internal Revenue Service, which will culminate in an ecstatic spiral of an all-encompassing tax-collecting mechanism that will be accountable to no one except to the spirit of economic justice.

    Lord, you have created all men and wymyn as equals. Any disparity from your plan is an affront to decency. And so I pray, my Dear Lord, that you fulfill your vision for true equality, and remove all excess. In service to you, my Lord, we will not rest until everyone is truly equal. Tax the rich. Sicken the healthy. Scar the beautiful. Destroy the “successful”. Drown the bankers. Blind the stock traders. Cripple the athletes and sever the hands of the musicians. Plant carnivorous bacteria in the brains of those who score high on racist “IQ” tests. Deliver wasting diseases to the strong. Starve and stone the executives and managers. Show no mercy to the blood-sucking merchants as they suffer merciless deaths in the searing flames of gargantuan infernos. Smash capitalism and deliver us, Dear One, to our deserved socialist paradise.

    May your blessing rest on my Form 1040, dear Lord, and may my taxes well serve you and my fellow citizens!

    Amen.

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  9. yah….now that’s a hard act to follow…

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  10. Thanks Lew! We didn’t hook up with the kids via Skype last night, because the second half of our Son’s unit got home at 4:30 local time, and our Daughter had dinner for about 10 of them at their place for a later dinner. We were in full swing here by then anyway and even trying a Skype connection would have been chaos.

    We had 16 adults, two young kids, one fat baby and one small brown dog here for dinner yesterday afternoon. Everyone plowed through three smoked turkey breasts (and all the fiixin’s), and next year we will have at least 5 more adults to feed who didn’t make it this year, and at least 2 more new fat babies! That means four turkey breasts on the smoker instead of just 3. We did not miss not roasting a turkey in the house this year, and it really freed up the kitchen for other things. All things considered, this was one of the best family gatherings we have had in years, and the only thing that will make it better is to have Tori and Phil here, but having him safely home from Iraq was good enough…

    21+ for dinner next year! The Missus is up online shopping for more plates right now….

    Enjoy your weekend Lew, along with everyone else, and I hope you found as much to be thankful for yesterday as our family did.

    God bless.

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  11. 🙂 Thanks for your wonderful story Bob.

    Well I just found out through an adoption up my food chain one link that I have three generations of military that I never new existed! Though I do know my grandparents are recognized and buried in Willamette National Cemetary and when the time comes for the next link to fall towards heaven, he will too be buried there.

    Gosh, what wonderful new learning experience!

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  12. Oh and before I forget Molly Ivins Laird, thank you for your wonderful imitation, form flattery and interpretation of our local snoozemedia Op-Editor. May you find assurance in your qualification and your own blog soon…..

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