Don’t you wonder if there aren’t some Native Americans sitting around today, thinking “Ya know, if great, great, great, great grandpappy Squanto would have just minded his own business and let those damn Pilgrims starve, we’d sure be a lot better off today!”? I’ve heard they aren’t too thrilled with Columbus Day, either! 🙂
Wherever you are, and however you are celebrating Thanksgiving, whether it be a big dinner with family, a potluck at your RV park, dinner in a nice restaurant, or serving meals at a homeless shelter, I hope you have a wonderful day. No matter what is going on in our lives, no matter what good fortune or hard times we have experienced in the last year, we all have a lot to be thankful for.
First and foremost, I am thankful for my wonderful wife, Terry. After a couple of bad experiences, we had both sworn off marriage when fate brought us together, and after fourteen years, it is still just as wonderful and exciting as our first date. I go to sleep every night thinking that I couldn’t possibly love her more than I do. And I wake up every morning to discover that I was wrong!
I’m thankful that Terry whipped cancer eleven years ago, and continues to get a clean bill of health at her annual checkups.
I’m thankful that, after many years’ estrangement, my son and I have recently started communicating, and I look forward to seeing where this will take us.
I’m thankful for my daughter and my two beautiful granddaughters, Hailey and Destiny.
I’m thankful that our business continues to do well in these troubled time, and that so many of you continue to renew your subscriptions, buy our camping guides, and come to our rallies.
For an old, overweight guy who has abused his body for going on sixty years now, I’m still able to sit up and take nourishment every morning, and that’s a good thing, so I’m grateful for my good health.
I’m thankful that my writing career has taken a new path, into fiction and e-books, and for their amazing success, which has been beyond my wildest dreams. As of last night, my mystery novel, Big Lake, had sold over 2,000 copies this month, and was number 283 of all Amazon Kindle books, and number 36 of all Mysteries, both printed and e-books. That puts me in company with such well known authors as Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, Richard Castle, and Lee Child. Those rating numbers fluctuate up and down, and I don’t know where they will be by the time you read this, but you have no idea what it feels like to me to see my work up there. To be honest, I keep thinking that there must be some mistake, and going back to check it again.
I am thankful for the many friends I have. Some of us have shared some good times together, some of you have stood by me during some rough times, and some of you I have never met in person. But you all mean the world to me.
And as all of us should be, I am so very thankful to live in the greatest country that the world has ever seen. A country where we don’t have to bow down to emperors or submit to dictators. A country where we can all follow our dreams, and where we have the freedom to make our own decisions, speak our minds, and enjoy a standard of living that most human beings could never imagine.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!
Thought For The Day – Dear Alcohol, We had a deal where you were supposed to make me funnier, smarter, better looking, and a better dancer…. I saw the video. We need to talk.