Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving

1943-03-06-Saturday-Evening-Post-Norman-Rockwell-article-Freedom-from-Want-430-Digimarc The thanksgiving post and Norman Rockwell's 'Freedom From Want' has become a bit of a tradition at Another Delco Guy.  This is my third Thanksgiving as a blogger and probably the roughest year to be thankful for.  Still, there is so much that we have and so little that we want for.  It's wonderful to have a whole day to think about all the wonderful things in my life and to spend it with family and friends.

I'm most thankful of course for my wonderful kids.  I had the wonderful experience of sharing an undefeated little league season as well as Phillies World Championship with John this year.  He's a great kid and has been through so much.  I am thankful that it has not clouded his positive energy.  He makes me proud in so many ways.

Emma is the sweetest person in the world and it's been wonderful watching her personality develop.  She is still a little girl in so many ways, but more and more she is really showing the woman she is going to grow into.  Shopping, gardening and cooking are favorite things.  She also likes boys.  Sigh.

My family and friends have been there as always this year for me and I don't say thank you to them enough.  I know it's hard to deal with a guy who is always right and often pissed off.  Thanks for listening, advising and taking care of me.  I'm also thankful for all you folks who stop by each day and give me a reason to write!

On the larger themes, I still remain amazed at the ability of the American people to admit a mistake and turn the bastards out.  We live in a place where the government changes peacefully and without serious conflict.  I am so lucky to bring my family up in a place that is safe and has good schools and where we can travel easily.  Most of the people in this world can't say that and we're really lucky.

In my job I deal everyday with families who have been hit hard by the economic disaster that is facing the nation and the world.  I'm especially thankful to have been only marginally affected by the horrible decisions and policies of the last decade.  I'm even more thankful to know that this is only a moment in time and that this too will pass.

Today I encourage all of you to spend some time with your family or friends and reflect on how much they mean to you.  But even more, think about the people who have made where we live so amazing.  The soldiers and sailors and police officers who serve us for so little and provide us so much.  The visionaries who were the architects of this nation and whose brilliance still guides us today.  The people who are working today to help so many in hospitals and soup kitchens and all the other places we're lucky not to have to rely on today.

Happy Thanksgiving from Another Delco Guy to you and yours!


4 comments:

Tammi said...

Agree completely! Especially the part about appreciating the friends who put up with those who are always right and PO'd... yeah, I might understand one set of those shoes a little bit too well. :) Happy Thanksgiving.

PCole said...

This was a great Thanksgiving for the Colemans, or at least for me. (It seemed great for everyone else, but what do I know?)
We hadn't been with my family for Thanksgiving since 2003, and only sporadically since 19901. That year I roadtripped with three other people from D.C. to Des Moines, Iowa, where my parents came down to pick me up bright and early Wednesday morning after we drove through the night. I only had a learner's permit and I remember being more than a little nervous when I took the wheel on I-80 somewhere in Ohio for my shift. But it turns out I did better than Dad did in that exchange -- they hit a deer on the interstate in Iowa on the way down there. Totaled the deer. Big honkin' Ford Aerostar minivan was just fine.
Seems like I should be writing this on my blog, come to think of it. :)

Chris said...

To Pat, my first 'virtual friend,' and to Tammi, my most recent, and to all the others in between ans still to come, enjoy this holiday season and all the memories it will bring!

Matt P said...

nice