We have much to be thankful for
If you're like me this year, it might be difficult to see the silver linings, or to vocalize the things for which we're thankful. So I turned to social media and asked friends why they're giving thanks in 2020. Here's what they said:
Ruth: My children. My relationship with them. They are such a blessing to us. Our granddaughter! We are so in love! I still have a job helping my community. We sold our travel trailer! One more reminder of Hurricane Michael gone! My faith and my church family. 2020 has had terrible trials, but God never changes. For that, I am most grateful and at peace.
Beth: I am thankful for the privilege of staying safe in quarantine, realizing that most people don't have the luxury of this choice.
Laura: I’m thankful for unemployment and the kindness of others.
Joe: Thankful to be alive, and my friends are alive.
Tracy: Thankful to watch the sun rise and set, thankful that the good lord allows me to see them after two heart attacks and thankful for the beauty that's in this world — you just have to want to see it.
Craig: I am thankful for all those I have crossed paths with. I try to remember that the next person I meet might turn out to be one of the most important people in my life.
Amber: I'm thankful for good quality medical care.
Kathy: I am thankful that all things pass — even if in the moment, it seems to desperately suck. I am thankful that each of us has the power to change, to reinvent, to plan our "comeback" story. I am also very thankful for writer-friends who help me stay grounded via email/internet and encourage my creativity during tumultuous times.
Katherine: Dog snoots. And baby yoda.
David: Family and friends still in touch and conversing daily after all these years. Not so much thankful for social media so much as for the connections it provides.
Jennifer: I'm thankful that home is a true paradise. We are so fortunate to live here.
Kurt: I am thankful that the natural world has not been impacted by events to the same extent as the human world. For example, I am thankful for mullet roe sauteed in bear lard!
Lou: I'm thankful for friends like you, who provide camaraderie and healing conversation.
Rosemarie: I’m thankful for my children and grandchildren’s good health and safety in these troubled times.
Ani-Mae: I am thankful for nature's beauty. When I feel stifled I go on a hike and I'm restored. I'm thankful for my friends and family.
Pat: I'm thankful to be back in church, although it really was "comfy" to worship with coffee in hand and p.j.'s on watching Facebook. There is nothing like being the church WITH the church.
Melinda: I'm thankful for the good times and the better, the wakefulness and sleep, passersby and those that stay, all of which and whom helped mold my survivalist and rejuvinist abilities and multiprismatic perspective. I am thankful for me.
Stephanie: I'm thankful for my kids' perpetual joy and hilarity. They just won't let you be in a slump for too long.
Noel: I'm thankful for the beauty that is always there if i am willing to see it.
Megghan: I am thankful for the trees making a comeback in Bay County. I am thankful to see so many blue tarps gone.
Amanda: I'm thankful to have a job I really love and that has taken pretty good care of us through this bizarre year.
Chuck: Will I get roasted if I mention I am thankful I wasn't in Florida this year? But not thankful my snowbird neighbors couldn't fly south for the winter?
Don: I am thankful Florida has medical marijuana. On pharmaceuticals, I am like a zombie.
Sabrina: My mama coming to stay with us after my daddy passed last year.
Ann: I am so glad to be here at this stage of this very tumultuous year. Having broken one hip in February went through rehab and came home and home health care, and I've been in quarantine from the virus ever since. I will miss the tremendous Thanksgiving dinners of past years, but that's not the main feature of Thanksgiving day anyway. God is good all the time and all is well with my soul.
Deborah: Good dirt for growing things!
Ashley: I'm thankful that I got as much time with my Dad as I did before he passed in August from cancer. And I'm thankful that he lived long enough to meet my babies, even though they are too young to remember meeting him.
Lara: I’m thankful for my family, friends, colleagues and health! So much of this year has been focused on the bad. I love that you’re highlighting what we all are grateful for!
Katie: I am thankful for my art. Without which, I would have sank into the muck and mire that is 2020.
Emily: I am thankful for my dogs. I have walked them in my neighborhood a lot more lately and have met some great neighbors, like Tommy, who built a wooden cage to home pigeons. My lab, Molly, has a crush on Tommy’s Sonny.
Claire: I’m thankful for my lovely husband, beautiful daughter, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the knowledge that the Lord has His hand in our lives, in both grand and simple ways.
Zack: I'm thankful for all that Alex Trebek gave to the world.
Donna: I am thankful that my whole family has stayed healthy during this pandemic and that our house in Lynn Haven sold and that we are now living in beautiful, rural northeast Georgia.
Suz: I am thankful that while isolated this year I discovered how much I love art and am also very thankful that I am still here.
Denise: I am genuinely thankful for people who wear masks and practice social distancing so the people I love don't get sick.
Melody: I am very thankful that my basic needs are met.
Beverly: The News Herald rolled up and on the door mat on Sunday mornings!
Chris: I am thankful that after Thanksgiving, there will only be 35 more days to cringe through until 2021.
Terri: Thankful hurricane season is coming to an end! What a year!!!
Pat: I am thankful for early morning runs, sunsets, bedtime books, fantastic neighbors and evening cocktails!
Kim: I’m thankful I’m so good at being alone, or rather not in need of an audience. So many of the people I know truly love to be surrounded by people, and I do too but only occasionally. Except for lack of travel I’m totally great at being at home. I have my garden, my paints, and the person I love the most — Mark.
Candis: I am thankful for the friends who enriched my life before they passed on, as well as the ones who are still here.
Dean: I was thankful to see customers returning to my shop this summer. But I was afraid for them because few followed CDC guidelines.
Heather: I am thankful for the light that returns each morning, time we have again to take a high road with the ordinary saints of kindness and courage, for wise counsel and fine food, surprising strength as long as the day, and for the sweet, safe, dark of night, where love never rests and peace is one of many possibilities.
Couldn't have said it better.
Photo: Seems like a Dark Age since we were all together, and it won't happen this Thanksgiving because of COVID and other things. I'm thankful for the time I've had with them and the memories we share.