Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and like many of you, I love the opportunity to enjoy turkey and all the fixings.
But that shouldn’t be the focus of celebration.
Thanksgiving is time for just what it says…giving thanks.
I’m thankful for so many things I don’t even know where to begin.
Since this is a weather blog, I’ll start by saying I’m thankful that I get to be an on-air meteorologist…my dream job.
Not everyone gets to go into work doing a job they’ve wanted to do since they were a kid, and I’m thankful for that.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank you, the viewers, who watch me do my job.
Without you guys, I don’t have a job, and for each of you who do watch, I am thankful you tune in for my forecasts.
I am thankful for my absolutely wonderful daughter.
When I knew I had a child on the way, I simply prayed to God for a healthy child.
I was blessed with a little girl who is smart and athletic and just a cool person…and I am incredibly thankful for that.
I am thankful that I now drive a car that I don’t worry about falling apart when I drive it.
For a long time, I kept doing what I could to keep my old car running ok, but it was finally time to replace her.
And being able to get a much better car has made my commutes a lot less stressful…and I’m thankful for that.
I’m thankful for my girlfriend, Michelle.
She has been there through everything, including when I’ve been rather sick or had a pinched nerve in my neck.
She makes great food for me, like my favorite: mushroom chicken risotto.
She’s a very caring person, and I’m glad she’s always by my side…and I’m thankful for that.
I mentioned in a previous blog how thankful I am to our military men and women.
But I think they deserve another round of thanks this Thanksgiving week.
Actually, they should be thanked every single day.
There have been men and women who have served in the past, serve now and will serve in the future.
Some retired, some became wounded warriors and some paid the ultimate price for our freedom…and I’m thankful for all of them.
I’m thankful for a lot of little things…like pizza…or a perfect cup of coffee on a cold day.
I’m thankful for the internet, so I can blog…and listen to music…and tune into Netflix…and follow weather around the world.
I’m thankful for my two brothers.
I don’t talk to them nearly enough, but that doesn’t make me miss or love them any less.
I’m the middle child, and I’m thankful for my older and younger brothers.
Perhaps I am most thankful for my mother and father.
I mean, let’s face it, without them, I would never even exist.
They have been the best parents a formerly shy boy could ever ask for.
One or both of them attended most, if not all, of my baseball games growing up.
They were there whenever I got injured playing outside with my brothers or friends.
They’ve been there when I’ve needed help in various ways.
They’ve been awesome, terrific, incredible and I am so very thankful for them.
I love you mom and dad!
So, as you gather with family and friends this week (or coworkers if you have to work like I do), remember to give thanks.
Even if you don’t have a lot, or you’re going through a tough part in life, there is always something to be thankful for.
Trust me, I’ve been there.
I’m even thankful for those difficult times in my life because they make the good times that eventually followed feel all that much better.
Thank you to everyone who reads this, and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!