November 22, 2008 – Giving Thanks

Well as I write my blog for this week I know what I would like to write about, but I am still mulling over how to approach it.  We are of course approaching Thanksgiving – the holiday on which besides gorging ourselves with food is also the holiday when many of us take a personal inventory and pause to reflect on what we are thankful for.  It is easy to think of the more obvious things – our families, friends, and the many blessings God has bestowed upon us.  However, my mind is going toward the not-so-obvious things that I am thankful for that make life a little more enjoyable.

I am thankful for internet shopping.  Years ago a trip of 40, 50 or more miles was necessary to buy certain things.  Now I can just sit at my computer and with a few clicks of the mouse I can have virtually anything on the way to my front door.  Also, a guy my size trying to fight through the narrow aisles of Wal-Mart for those last-minute gifts is not a pleasant thought for me or anyone in my path.

I am thankful for fuel-injected vehicles.  When I turned 16 the first car I drove was a 1970 Mercury Marquis.  This car had many interesting features, and one of them was its dislike for cold weather.  I remember many days trying to guess how many times I needed to pump the gas pedal in order for it to start.  Pump it too few times – no go.  Pump it too much – engine flooded.  And of course, even at that moment of ecstacy when the engine decided to start, it still had its doubts, and it still took a good 5 minutes of convincing before it decided it was ready to motivate.  Its so nice on cold mornings such as this one to be able to just bump the key and be on my way.

I’m thankful for New Balance shoes.  For years I tried many different brands of shoes and just couldn’t find one I really liked.  Some shoes would feel good but not last long, and vice versa.  Then I tried a pair of New Balance and I was hooked.  I hardly know they are on my feet, and at the same time they hold up very well.  Shoe problem solved!

OK, you are probably wondering to yourself why I am boring you with these things.  Well, I guess my point here is that we have so much to be thankful for, that many times we take the seemingly small things for granted.  Even in times such as this in the midst of a bad economy, 2 wars, and so much uncertainty, we are still a blessed people to live in a free land where our dreams can still be realized.

I am personally thankful for the fact that I have been able to experience 39 years of a good, happy life.  I am thankful that I can share this experience surrounded by a lot of good people.  I am thankful that I can go to a place where I can worship freely.  I am thankful knowing that God will always have my best interests at heart.  And I am thankful that I can share these thoughts with you each week.  One of the things I can do through my website host is to check how often each web page is logged on to. I am still amazed that at least a few folks each week click on “The Webmaster’s Blog” and read my drivel.  Thanks for your support of my blog and our website. 

Just a quick website note to close: I went through the links page and eliminated a few links that were no longer valid, and I also added a few new links.  One link I added is for St. Vincent High School in Perryville, where several of our students attend.  They have re-designed their website and it is really neat and thorough.  I encourage you to visit it and also to click on the link for Gibault High School to see what is happening there.  These are, after all, our schools also.

With it being Thanksgiving weekend coming up, I plan to take a week away from blogging (is that clapping I hear?).  Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your loved ones and be safe in your travels.  And of course, enjoy the FOOD AND FOOTBALL.  WEE HAW!

Peace.

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