Its that time of year where we tend to try and find things for which we give our gratitude! This year, I figured I'd go ahead and write down a few of them. If you take time to read the list, or just scroll down to the bottom, you will find a coupon code for the shop page that is good if you order something between now and Cyber Monday!
- First, I have to thank my wife and family. This remarkable woman has put up with me far more than any one else and I can think of no one else I would want to travel with me on this journey called life. My brothers and sisters have made me realize that although we love each other, I am better off living far enough away from them such that when see or talk to each other, we can always be in a good mood.
- I am thankful for my friends. That you have been on my journey, regardless of the distance, means a lot to me. You have made me feel as if I am a part of something greater than just me.
- I am truly thankful to those brave men and women who have chosen to serve in our armed forces. They make it possible for us to enjoy a relatively stress free existence. They deserve far better pay and benefits than they currently get. The medical care from the V A should be both timely and the best this great nation of ours can offer.
- I am thankful for all those who have chosen to become teachers. It saddens me to see so many people fail to recognize the value of teachers. Being a product of Lawrence Township's public schools (in New Jersey), I've had some of the best teachers. Although I never quite mastered cursive writing and still can't type what I see in front of me (I constantly edit as I read) my love of science and math came about because I had teachers that made those subjects interesting. I had a few great teachers that made history come alive and some English teachers that made me appreciate the works of many different authors. I had art teachers that encouraged me to find a way to express myself in a nonverbal way. My teachers helped me become a useful member of society.
- I am extrremely greatful for those that have chosen to become doctors, nurses and physical therapists. With the insane amount of time I have spent in the ER, I have gotten to know a fair number of doctors, a lot of nurses and many physical therapists. Each has made my life better. Well most of them, I have had one of the vampires (hematologists) that tried acting like he had the vision of a a real vampire by not turning on a light before he attempted to draw blood and wound up missing 3 times in a row for 2 nights straight. The rest gave me exceptionally great care. Doctors have met the challenge presented by this fix or repair daily body of mine with skill and patience. The nurses I had while hospitalized always seemed to be in a good mood when they entered my room. The therapists (sadists though they are, as they sometimes inflict pain) have enabled me to recover from broken or replaced joints and heart attacks. That I am able to write these words is due to the treatments, care, and hard work of these people.
- I am thankful for the men and women that have become police officers. They risk their lives to protect and serve us.
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