In a year that has gone south in many ways for me (economics, market, election, Texas/Texas Tech game, turning 40, hairline) there are so many things to be thankful for. Thanksgiving should be a time to reflect on such things leading up to the “big one” on December 25–the day that matters most. So I thought I would let you know what I am thankful for- in a time where many people are not giving thanks. So, in no particular order:
I am thankful I live in the United States of America, which, as of today, is still the “land of the free” and the “home of the brave.” I am thankful that since 9/11/01 there have been no terrorist attacks on our shores. I am thankful that our airports, planes and buildings have remained safe in the last 7 years. I am thankful for our troops.
They continue to work tirelessly to protect our freedom and to protect the citizens of Iraq from attacks. They are true heroes and I am so thankful for them. I am thankful for our President. Yes, I know the polls and the pundits suggest that I shouldn’t be, but I am. President Bush has worked hard to keep my children safe and has worked in an environment filled with the most vile, nasty, and undeserved attacks from members of the Democrat Party, yet, he has never failed to get up each day and do his best for our Nation. I have not always agreed with him, but I am so very thankful for him and the job he has done. So–Thank you Mr. President–you do a job that most Americans cannot and would not (hmmm..maybe an illegal immigrant should run for office–but I digress)
No, I am not related to John Patterson. Unlike this guy, I am very thankful for my family. My wife, 3 kids, parents, in-laws, sister, nieces and nephews. Although all families are imperfect, I am thankful that mine is perfectly normal and that so far, they have not decided to leave me. I am thankful that my kids are healthy and do well in school and seem to be wary of morality and ethics. I am thankful that my wife works tirelessly to make sure they are taught right and wrong and are well taken care of. I am thankful that my parents and in-laws are still here and healthy and enjoy spending time with us.
A. Dark Chocolate
Duh! There is no greater sweetness.
B. Colt McCoy
Yes, the entire Texas Longhorn team is great this year, but without McCoy, the team would certainly be in a different position in the polls and the National Title Race. So I am thankful for him.
C. The Gas Conspiracy
You know—either the Bush conspiracy–that Bush drove up the prices from his Oval Office Supercomputer to help his buddies at Big Oil, OR–the Obama conspiracy–that the Middle East drove up the prices to make the Country believe in the Bush conspiracy so that voters would chose Obama only to have the prices fall just after the election. Well whichever fantasy you think is correct–the outcome is the same. I am thankful that my Camry now costs $26 to fill up instead of $60 and that my Suburban costs $48 instead of $100.
D. Hillary Clinton
I know, you are shocked that I would list her on my “thankful” list. But I am thankful that she has been taken out of the Senate. No longer will I have to listen to her pontificate about health care or some other socialist agenda item on C-Span. Now she will be going to the Middle East to “impress” the Saudi’s–ha that is really funny. For that I am thankful.
Finally, and primarily, I am thankful to God. Thankful to Him for all of the above and so much more. Thankful that His hand has not left my family or our Country. Thankful that He continues to bless my life and the lives of those in my family and circle of friends. Thankful that all of our needs continue to be provided. Thankful that regardless of elections, stock markets, gas prices or National Championships, He remains faithful and constant.
God Bless you, your family, your job, your finances and your health. And I wish you all–yes even you silly Democrats who get on here and call me names–even you guys—I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.