*because I can see, walk, talk and hear--things we take for granted, but what value they have if lost
*because I have a large and loving family. We're not perfect, but we tolerate each other's weaknesses and love each other anyway.
*because I am able to live in the country and do the things I love to do--cooking, canning, gardening, and watching the seasons pass in these hills
*because I am a granny with many grandchildren to love
*because I am old enough to appreciate my grandchildren, and young enough to play with them
*because all my sons are healthy, working/going to college and happy
*because all my twelve siblings are well and we stay in touch with each other
*because my sister Elizabeth is still sober
*because my brother John can walk again, and work full-time despite being paralyzed 3 years ago
*because my brother-in-law Roger is still living and thriving after severe burns and many near-death emergencies
*because I can tell stories and share the joy of storytelling
*because I have good friends who know when to call
*because I can share my life and joys with all my online friends
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Wherever you are, thank you for being part of my life, and taking time to share your life with me.