A Few Things I'm Thankful For

Well, it’s Thanksgiving again, which means we’re staring down the end of another year. I know I say this every year along about this time, but it is simply amazing how fast a year gets by. In some ways this is a year I’ll be glad to see come to a close. We’ve struggled to keep the bills paid again this year, but at least now it’s because we’re trying to gradually ramp production back up and not because we’re dumping plants in a gully somewhere. And I believe to the depths of my soul that, weather oddities notwithstanding, next spring is going to be really good. So I’m thankful for that.


I’m also thankful that my family is healthy. Melinda was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, which gave us a scare, but everything went well with her treatment and she’s doing fine now. Like all women, she tries to milk the situation for all the sympathy she can get, but I’m much too wise to fall for any of that kind of subterfuge. So I’m thankful for that too.


The boys are grown, gone and ALMOST off the family payroll, and I’m unbelievably thankful for that. If you’ve raised kids you know exactly what I mean. We have sacrificed greatly to get them fed, clothed, sheltered, educated and out of the nest. Looking back, I’d gladly do it all over again: I’m just not going to keep doing it. So mamma and I are in the process of getting a raise, in a sense – and it’s a much deserved raise if I may say so myself.


I’m very thankful that I have been blessed with so many good friends. I’ve heard it said before, I can’t remember by whom, that if you have as many good friends as you do fingers you are ahead of most. If that’s truly the case, then I must be the most blessed man on earth. I think part of it, besides my magnetic charm and sparkling sense of humor, is the nursery industry in general. I don’t have much basis for comparison, having never done anything else, but I can’t imagine there is another industry in the United States with so many good people in it. So I’m thankful for the type of job I have too, even though some days it has its challenges.


I’m exceptionally thankful I was placed in the greatest country the world has ever known. Even though I complain some, well, a lot actually, about many of the things I see happening here, I still wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I appreciate more than words can express all the men and women who serve in the military. I’d suggest you say a prayer for them and their families, especially the ones who won’t be coming home for the holidays. And while you’re at it, maybe say a prayer for all those public servants who help keep us safe here at home. They’re pretty beleaguered by the press right now and could use a pat on the back. I shudder to think where we’d be without them.


I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and that you too have much to be thankful for. And, although I’m jumping the gun on New Years a little bit. I hope you all have a blockbuster year in 2016. We all deserve it!

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