Well, it’s Thanksgiving morning and I am the only human awake in the house. It is quiet except for the whining of the dogs who constantly need something. I thought this would be a good time to write my Thanksgiving blog. A lot of people have been doing a daily exercise of posting what they are thankful for on Facebook. Being the procrastinator that I am, I saved them all so you can read them all in one swoop.
I started this tradition last year (http://squireponderings.blogspot.com/2010/11/thanksgiving.html) where I would throw out a list of things for which I am thankful. I realize that I am very blessed by a great family, loving kids, God’s grace, and a roof over my head. My list spans the gamut from serious to off-the-wall. For those that clicked the link and read last years; yes, I have repeats. So, as I sit in my kitchen on November 24, 2011 – here is what I am thankful for (in no particular order):
· My friends who are in the JDRF community as staff who chose their role. They are working and fighting every day for Kyle and those of us who didn’t choose to join the diabetes community.
· Jeffrey Brewer, who has a vision for JDRF and is determined to get us there. He willingly took the role of CEO, but like the rest of us, didn’t choose the role as a parent of a child with T1D.
· Grant Currin made the state cross country race. It enabled the Currins and Claytons to meet up.
· Joe Dubin agreed to be in the JDRF golf tournament and play with me and Joe Dillingham which led to a very enjoyable day of golf and frivolity.
· Opportunity to see Journey, Night Ranger, Motley Crue, Posion, and Buffett in concert this year. Included in this was the joy of Kyle’s smile that wouldn’t wipe off at his first concert (Journey).
· My friend Cheslie celebrated her first Wednesday without chemo in many months yesterday. They stopped because they worked.
· The charcoal in Lynchburg.
· The fact that the Bellevue Pub was packed on January 15, 1993 and there wasn’t a parking spot.
· Clicking sounds of Boxers walking on floors. My Sadie, Angel, and Nikki drive me crazy at times, but bring much joy. They are always happy to see you when you walk in the door.
· Fredrick Banting
· Patrick and the Fillin’ Station. Though, I don’t frequent it as much as Norm, he stills knows my name.
· A great job that I love and look forward to every day.
· Martin Methodist College and the fact that a former classmate is teaching a friend of Will’s.
· Sammy, Michael, Joe, and Chad decided to put out a second CD as Chickenfoot.
· Dr. Najjar listened to Kyle explain why HE wanted to switch from pumping to injections. Too often, we think we know what is best for someone else.
· That I decided to buy the Calico Trail CD finally. Great disc.
· I get to see where my Company’s “rubber meets the road” by looking across the cul-de-sac in front of my house.
· I reconnected with my kin – Lorie Melton through Facebook.
· Neighbors who make life fun.
· Kingston Springs UMC and all the people there – a place where everyone knows your name.
· The South Cheatham Choral Society and the KSUMC choir who give me a chance to sing even though I don’t know much about reading music.
Finally, if you are ready this, I am thankful that I could type this out, publish it, and that you took the time to read it. I know there are many more things to be thankful for, but I will close for now.Zach, A Thankful Squire