editorial-logo3Every year at this time I am reminded of how much I have to be thankful for, and that list grows with each passing day. It has taken me a long time to realize that true thankfulness requires a little maturity. When we are young, we just assume that the world as we know it will continue to function. We take for granted that our parents, friends, those that we love and cherish, will always be there. There is a comfort that comes with youth, with a life that has been touched by minimal grief and stress. And that’s how it should be. But, with a little time and age, we realize that life happens. Bills pile up, people leave: some leave because they want to, and others have no choice, but the result is the same. We change and adjust and learn with each plan that fails to come together and each mountain that we have to climb. Oh, I am not suggesting that life is bad. On the contrary, life is good. But some things that happen in life are bad, and it is the bad things that make us grateful for the good things.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the presence of those that I love and that love me. I am thankful for a community that is strong and giving, and those people who make up that community who are proud and spirited, yet who for others. I am thankful for my home, my business, and my ability to live my life in a nation that supports the freedoms that I enjoy, day in and day out. I am thankful for the blessings of a wonderful God.

This Thanksgiving, I hope that your heart is full of thankfulness, your table laden with delicious food, and that you are surrounded in presence and spirit by those that you love. Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours, and from the Jefferson County Post may you have a blessed holiday!

Source: K. Depew, News Director

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