Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.
Hopefully, each of you will be able to spend a portion of the day with family and/or friends, celebrating in some way those things for which you are thankful.
Thanksgiving, I guess, can be like many other holidays, such as Veterans Day, where individuals enjoy the day(s) off, but don’t really give the true meaning of the holiday much thought. It’s just another day off work.
I’ve always enjoyed Thanksgiving through the years. It is a happy time spent with family, but never with the entire extended family (i.e. – aunts, uncles, etc.) However, we are always blessed to spend the day, or portion of the day, with whomever we can.
This year I’m particularly thankful for our daughters, sons-in-law and five healthy grandchildren.
I’m thankful for my siblings, their spouses, my wife’s siblings and their spouses, along with all our aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. I’m truly blessed to have my parents (after 89 full years of life) and my mother-in-law still on this earth.
I’m thankful for God giving my wife and I the opportunity to live, work, play, and raise our family in the most gorgeous part of the country for the past 35 years, and being able to celebrate 35 years of marriage with my best friend next week.
Twenty-seven months after Hurricane Harvey I’m thankful for the progress we’ve made rebuilding our community (that includes everyone living in Aransas County, regardless of municipal boundary), and the efforts we’ve made to pave a better path for our future.
As a community we have received so much more than we would have received had Harvey not hit here … and there’s more to come.
If there is one thing I miss since the storm, however, it’s our government entities working together in near perfect harmony like they did that first year after the storm.
I guess it’s only natural to slide back to pre-hurricane mode, but I miss that “one direction, one voice” of an undivided community trying to survive, while at the same time trying to make sense of what just happened to our community.
Even with our personal and community imperfections, we have so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, and that includes everyone who thinks differently than we do. Think how odd our community would be if everyone was exactly like you, or if everyone was exactly like me.
Take a day off from the things that weigh you down, and truly enjoy Thanksgiving Day.
I leave you this week with the following two messages I heard/saw this past week.
On Sunday night my wife and I attended the Community Thanksgiving Service at First Baptist Church. It was a great hour of uplifting messages and music.
The lyrics of one of the solos hit home, and I imagine it would’ve hit home to anyone who focused on the positive things in his or her life, as opposed to the negatives.
The lyrics included this line (or something very close to it): “I’m drinking from the saucer because my cup overflows.”
I’ll go out on a limb and say I don’t think the line wasn’t referring to material possessions.
The last thing I’ll share is a message from a Peanuts cartoon I read on Facebook.
The scene: Charlie Brown and Snoopy are sitting in front of a campfire next to their “pup” tent (I’m not sure if the tent was meant to be a subliminal pun).
Charlie Brown says, “We only live once, Snoopy.”
Snoopy replies, “Wrong! We only die once. We live every day.”
Take that to heart, or not.
It’s your choice and your choice alone.
Until next week, have a good week.
Mike Probst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.