Reasons to be THANKFUL this Thanksgiving

Today is the day that we give thanks. What is it that we give thanks for? From history it tells us that the Pilgrims gave thanks for the bountiful harvest they received and for the Native Americans for helping them so they could survive through the winter.

Well, it is 2012 and I am thankful for a lot of things and here they are:

I am thankful for the opportunity to write my blog on ChicagoNow. It is a great site, but what really matters is the people that I have met through this blog. If it was not for them I would not have played with some of the coolest people ever or made friends with some of my fellow bloggers. I love you guys and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful that I am employed. As the years have gone by there has been that fear that the axe was coming soon with the economy tanking and the type of business that I am in. I love the people I work with for the past 8 1/2 years, I hope they are having a wonderful holiday!

I am thankful for my parents. If it was not for them I would not be here today. I was the honeymoon baby, though they did not honeymoon. Usually I would be spending this day with them, but I am all out of vacation time. I did get to spend 2 wonderful and hilarious weeks with my mom in Hong Kong in October so that was good, but I still miss my mommy. I realized this last night as I was doing my laundry that I would not get to see her this holiday season. My duty for next year is to take her back to her homeland for 3 weeks this time and take her away from all the craziness of her current home and to her family she misses dearly. I love my mommy and wished her a Happy Thanksgiving when I called her this morning.

I am thankful for our first responders who have given their lives this this year and all years past. You put your lives on the line everyday serving us as our local police, fire, and EMT's, so that we can walk out of our homes and feel that we are protected. I am saddened when I read the news to hear of a shooting the night before or another fireman has been lost in a fire. Thank you, I really do appreciate all the work that you do to make us feel safe in a world that does not seem safe at times. I wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving.

Lastly, but the most important to me, I want to thank ever serviceman and ever servicewoman in every branch of the United States Military. You put your lives on the line everyday and sacrifice the time you would be spending with your family so that those of us in the USA can wake up and worry about burning our turkeys then being attacked again. I want to thank you for all that you do for this country to allow us to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. You are the brave souls that are spoken of in our national anthem and you deserve more then anyone could ever give you. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and pray that every last one of you returns to your home safe and very soon.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone and please be safe this holiday season!

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