I am thankful for my sons. They make every day interesting and exciting and watching them grow has been a singular joy. The Older is loving, sweet and funny. He faces the challenges of life in his own way and has made our lives more full, more interesting, sometimes more difficult, but full of love. The Younger is smart, funny, loving, caring and gentle. He is patient with his brother, understanding at a level beyond his 13 years, interested in so many things and a joy to be with. One of the great joys is being told how polite and respectful he is towards others. There are bumps along the way but his willingness to learn and his delight in the world make it a fun trip.
I am thankful that Missus and I are still together after 25 years. It has not always been easy and it has not always been fun but we find ways to make it through the hard times and we are still standing after all these years and still smiling and laughing.
I am thankful for the people who haven’t had to but have tolerated me anyway and call me friend. They have been there for me when I have needed them and they know I am there for them. Though life gets busy and it is difficult to find the time to get together we do manage and it is always good.
I am thankful for the many years CJH and I were friends. At times we were nearly as close as brothers and his friendship enriched my life and contributed positively to the person I am. I am thankful the memories will stay with me and will help fill the empty space.
I am thankful for the continued friendship with JH and her children. I am thankful they have the memories of a loving and caring husband and father and the support and love of friends and family as they navigate their way through their tragic loss.
I am thankful for the 38 years of friendship with JNN. Friendships that last this long and are this deep are rare and beautiful, much like JNN herself. Even before Caller ID we would know who was on the phone before answering. And she calls me by one of the few nicknames I have ever liked having.
I am thankful for the 40 years of friendship with KEB. We can pick up the phone and continue a conversation from a month ago as if it was a minute ago. We have seen each other at our best and we have seen each other at our worst and through it all we are friends. For her I wish the strength to find her bearings after her devastating loss.
I am thankful for my friendship with KG. She has called me on my excuses, challenged my assumptions and verbally kicked me in the butt more than once to keep me moving on this journey.
I am thankful for my friendship with PGB as he has steadfastly encouraged me on my Journey and helped celebrate my successes.
I am thankful for my friendships with SA and MA, MT and LG for all that they add to our lives, their understanding of the challenges we live with and their willingness to find a way to fit us in to their lives.
I am thankful for the continued and deepening love I see between MTT and UJF.
I am thankful for my jobs. Both of them. With the one I have found a company to grow with, even at my advanced years, and with the other I have found a way to express my love of cycling and share it with others. In both places I am thankful to work with good people who care about what they do and the people they work with.
I am thankful for my siblings. They are all good people, caring and loving and supportive. Their love of The Older and their efforts to include him in everything makes our lives better.
I am thankful that Oldest Brother and Sister-In-Law have three wonderful children and will soon become grandparents. I hope they see that they set a great example as loving and supportive parents for their son to follow as he and JF raise their daughter.
I am thankful that Older Nephew , Younger Nephew and Niece are finding their way in the world with such a good foundation.
I am thankful that each of them has someone special in their lives to make the journey better.
I am thankful for Kid Sister and Brother-In-Law and Brother and Sister-In-Law. They are wonderful people who make my world better by being involved in our lives. I only wish I could see them more often.
I am thankful that I have the world’s best Mother-in-law. She is a caring and wonderful lady. She has never once interfered in our lives but has always been there for us. I have a pretty great sister-in-law as well.
I am thankful to still be here at the age of 52, having neglected my health and wellbeing for many of those years.
I am thankful that I have stayed on this journey and that I have been encouraged in it by many friends and my family. I am thankful that I found that thing within me to stay on the path and keep the weight off and the fitness up. I am thankful that these efforts have so improved my health.
I wish I had served as an inspiration to one.
I am thankful for life and the richer place that it is because of the people who are readings this.