Since through this column we are focusing on being thankful throughout November let’s give some thought to that for which we are grateful. Most often mentioned are food, families, friends and country. At a time like this in our nation, we certainly can find things to be sad about, but if we look there is still much for which to be thankful. I decided to explore some of the less obvious and more specific. I found my own thankfulness growing by leaps and bounds as I began to list some specifics.
I’m thankful for warm water for my shower and indoor plumbing.
I’m thankful for new low fat, low sugar foods that taste almost as good as the foods they replace.
I’m thankful for keen senses that help me to savor tastes, smells, sounds, sights and touch.
I’m thankful for friends in their 80s and 90s who model long-life, well-being and happiness.
I’m thankful for my grandchildren who have helped me to see with wonder through children’s eyes.
I’m thankful for fresh veggies and fruits plentiful in the nearest supermarket.
I’m thankful for the meaningful connections I’ve made with thousands of people through my writing, teaching and speaking.
I’m thankful for the technological advances of computers and that my husband is my “live-in computer consultant.”
I’m thankful for friends who understand and still love me when I call or write after too long a silence.
I’m thankful for medical science and medications that help us maintain an active, healthy lifestyle.
I’m thankful for all the information and knowledge we’ve gained about how to take care of ourselves.
I’m thankful for my ability to read and so much of interest to read, with the time to do so.
I’m thankful for the convenience and comfort of my home and my daily life.
I’m thankful for a sense of humor and how that helps us to get a kick out of life.
I’m thankful for amazingly beautiful sunrises and sunsets in Arizona.
I’m thankful for modern appliances, like dishwashers and vacuum cleaners, and that my husband is willing and able to run them.
I’m thankful for birds in my back yard — quail families and hummingbirds.
I’m thankful for the freedom to travel and the ease and affordability of travel.
I’m thankful for permanent press fabrics and sometimes forgetting I have an iron and ironing board.
I’m thankful for music, on my car radio, in church and in concerts and in making my own music just for my personal enjoyment.
I’m thankful for people who are receptive to my ideas and share their ideas with me. Why not make your own “thankful” list?
Readers may write to Carol Secord at 9715 W. Lindgren Drive, Sun City, AZ, 85373.