DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 74 Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2022 times:
My wife (she is all that), the parents with whom I lucked out, my brothers and sisters who are there for me when it counts. My incredible friends who have blessed me with their presence in my life.
I'm thankful for the founding fathers of my nation who sacrificed for something different and left behind a constitution that has allowed for and encouraged freedom of thought, action, economy and growth.
I'm thankful for all my comrades in arms who served and are serving today. I actually salute you in addition to being thankful.
I'm thankful for this community which has provided me with a tremendous broadening opportunity and introduced me to incredible new friends all over the world both online and in person. I IM or call people from Ghana to Hong Kong every day, and see these people several times a year and it's been getting better each time (I'll be eating lunch with Aerobalance and his girl Saturday in Paris and probably lunch with JGPH1A on Sunday...and I'm in the southern US right now).
I'm thankful for the opportunities which I've had businesswise, and the partners I've met along the way who have made any small success possible.
I'm thankful for the food I'm cooking right now and the opportunity to share it along with family and friends.
I'm thankful for the chance to think through what I'm thankful for and share it here.
I've got alot to be thankful for.......I think I'll avoid bitching for a while.
SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1655 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2016 times:
Hi DL021! I would like to be the first to add what I'm thankful for...
I have a lot to be thankful to God for this Thanksgiving:
1) I survived the first few years of life, despite the life-threatening complications of my craniofacial deformities (Treacher Collins syndrome) that necessitated tracheostomies and tube feeding and a very long hospitalisation. When I was born, no one expected me to live very long--much less a productive life. In fact I was to be institutionalised if I did survive.
2) My "Forever Family" at home; I am part of a large family of about 10 siblings, all adopted by a pair of loving, dedicated parents who devoted themselves to caring for children who came with challenges (me included) and whom nobody else wanted. I am close to every one of them, especially Mom (and Dad until the day he died in 1995). My family all pitched in to help care for me when I first came into their home, and they still follow my adventures here in London!
3) My doctors, who throughout my life from birth, rebuilt my entire face from scratch, where there was hardly a face there at birth. Also, the two great children's hospitals where all my work was done: St. Louis Children's Hospital (St. Louis, MO) and James W. Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis, IN). I have had 20-30 surgeries, and those doctors were real artists at rebuilding my face from nothing.
4) My churches (the one I attend at home in the USA) and the one I attend in London--their prayers and deep friendships support me all the way. They help me grow in my Christian faith, which has helped me through all of life's challenges. Here in London, I attend the American Church in London--the one church in London that really welcomed me as one of their own and encouraged me to use my musical talents.
5) My great opportunity to study at King's College London so I can someday devote my future medical career to research into craniofacial development and craniofacial anomalies. I have already begun doing research at Guy's Hospital in their craniofacial department, and I am currently applying for a PhD course in craniofacial research. I even have my first research paper pending publication!
6) A wonderful group of ladies here in London, who have become my "surrogate mothers" and have taken me under their wing. And all the other close friends I have made here in London. Thanks to the generosity of one of my new (remaining anonymous) friends, I am able to go home this Christmas. God has brought many people into my life here in London in this last year!
7) The artistic and musical talents with which I have been blessed--playing the piano (almost all my life), the guitar, and teaching myself the violin--and drawing and sketching (anatomy, etc). I also appreciate being able to share my talents with others--at home and here in England.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
Falcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2007 times:
I'm thankful that I have a wonderful, caring, understanding wife; 3 absolutely fantastic children, whom no father could be more proud of; that I still have both my parents in this world, God Bless 'em; for my brother, my sister and their families.
I'm thankful that I was lucky enough to be born and raised in, what I feel, is the most blessed nation ever to exist, and that I live a life, that for all it's daily difficulties, is better than probably 95% of the people on this earth.
I am thankful for the sacrifice that others have made over the 2 centuries of this nation, who leave a legacy of freedom that still is the envy of much of the world.
I'm thankful my health seems better this holiday season than last year, that's for sure.
Happy Thanksgiving, Ian, to you and yours-and to all my fellow Americans here on Anet.
Air380 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1989 times:
I am thankful for my family, they are wonderful. And as cook today, I am so thankful that I finished the Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey was wonderful (but we don't know about food poisoning issues yet), the trimmings worked all out wonderfully, personally my favorite was the homemade cranberry sauce, yum. And the dessert was fine, too. Now we are all sitting stuffed with lots of leftovers.
Also, I am thankful for so many things! Life is good! Happy Thanksgiving!
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1980 times:
Well let see....
I was driving home from AMT school one day and my old 1988 Dodge car caught on fire in the beginning of October. Seeing Im in PHX and the lack of a god-damn bus system here, I was pretty much stuck at home. Insert my parents: They went out and bought me a brand new car!!
So Im thankful for all my parents have done for me, Im fortunate enough since my car caught on fire (yes I was driving it when it caught on fire!) I had not missed 1 hour of class! Thanks to my parents!
A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1897 times:
Wow, after a holiday dinner filled with cynical conversation it is refreshing to see people being positive about life.
I am so blessed with so much, it's hard to even know where to begin.
No particular order.
1) My amazing husband. I am so lucky our paths intersected on that rainy evening in June 2001.
2) My parents. I cannot imagine having a better Mom and Dad. I know that sounds trite, but it's how I feel. I cherish whatever time I have left with them.
3) My health. It's not 100% perfect (I'm a migraine sufferer) but it's close enough.
4) My friends. Wonderful people, most of them very giving too. They are there for me, even when it seems we've fallen out of touch.
5) My success. Partly due to hard work and perseverance, and partly due to having the right opportunities open up at the right time. With just a smidgen of talent thrown in there too.
6) My lifestyle. It's fantastic. Maybe not to someone else, but our tiny house, our economical cars, and our dog are really all we need to have a wonderful weekend. I'm lucky I don't crave a lot of material things.
7) My country. I wound up winning the lottery on that one--even if my country doesn't believe in 6 weeks paid vacation.
Saxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2383 posts, RR: 40
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1891 times:
I'm thankful for...
*Mr. Diva. I'm still pinching myself after almost seven years.
*My family, who still seems to have a sense of humor about putting up with me.
*My dogs, who are the best pals a girl could ever want.
*One year into my mid-life-crisis-and-career-change, things are going awfully well and the mortgage payments are still being made.
One thing I'm really thankful for, though, has to do with something that hapened yesterday. I was driving home from work, and was on the 210 freeway where traffic slowed to a crawl. There was an accident scene up ahead, and I was just getting up to it when I glanced over and was horrified to see a dear family friend (trumpeter and longtime member of the Harry James Orchestra) being taken out of his badly mangled car by paramedics. To make a long story short, I caught up with my friend shortly after the triage staff at the hospital finished with him, and he's fine. Dozed off at the wheel on his way home from a string of back-to-back gigs, but although the car is probably totalled, he came away with only a couple of scratches and a bruised ribcage from the airbag. Wow.
BaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 48
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1876 times:
This Thanksgiving has left me with one overwhelming realization. I am truly thankful for my family and friends. It occurred to me at about 6PM, London time, yesterday.
I am exactly where I want to be, but I realized that I am alone. Not in any philosophical sense, I mean I'm physically on my own, and this is the first Thanksgiving, or major holiday, for that matter, that I've not spent with at least my closest of friends.
Barring a better choice, I was standing in Piccadilly Circus, wondering which McDonalds was closest, and I realized that, at that moment, back home, the kids were coming in from their hay ride, and everyone was sitting down at the table for the big Thanksgiving meal at my uncle's farm.
I was going to call them, but found myself without cell service, and, for the life of me, couldn't get a damned payphone to cooperate. So, yesterday, I had no contact at all with anyone I know.
On one hand, it reinforces all that I've been wanting, complete independence and some distance between me and everyone else, and on the other hand, you realize how much you love and miss people.
I will say this, Laneela was very thankful for my giving, last night.
Adopim88 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 2007 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1864 times:
I have so much to be thankful for. For my parents and 2 younger sisters for putting up with me when I lived there. For the 21 cousins I have (who are all younger than me, most of them under the age of 16) and that they are all healthy. For the rest of my family for just being wonderful people.
For the friends that have stuck by me in rough water.
For everything else I have been given in and out of life.
Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.