Thanksgiving is always a time to reflect and be thankful for one's surroundings.
I learned that pretty quickly this weekend.
After spending about half the day with my family on Thanksgiving, I found my way back to my car traveling west on that familiar stretch of highway, State Road 46.
As I arrived back at work, a fellow employee was already in the office, gearing up to put together Friday's paper.
Another reason to be thankful.
It became even more clear to me Friday afternoon regarding how much I have to be thankful for.
Not only do I work in the world of journalism, where there is little time to take time off, I also am a musician.
I drove to Indianapolis Friday morning to get together with my band mates for a practice.
When I left the office Friday morning, it appeared Nov. 23, 2007, would be somewhat of a slow day.
Boy was I wrong.
I called the newsroom Friday evening as the Christmas in the Park Parade was taking place. I just wanted to make sure things were going OK.
As I'm on the phone with one of my fellow employees, I learned how quickly Nov. 23, 2007, became another one of those days.
I hear about the bank robbery that took place in Poland. I hear about the pipe bomb that was found.
All the while, I'm thinking to myself, "Self, every time you leave the office, something unbelievable happens."
That has actually become a running joke in the office. When I'm not there, the "big news" happens.
Not all the time. But it does seem to happen often.
Still, I realized how thankful I am to have such a great staff to work with. They know the drill. They are completely aware of what has to happen when "big news" happens.
They did their jobs. And they did them well.
And I'm thankful for that.
I called again Saturday morning as I was preparing for "Geekfest," a day of computer games with my friends. It's become a tradition for us to get together on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and sit around, watch football and play computer games.
Still, I couldn't help but wonder, "Should I be at work?"
More than likely, but being in this kind of position, one has to have trust in their co-workers. And I do.
I trust Ivy Jackson, Melinda Fox, Jason Jacobs and Carey Fox.
Once again, they know what they are doing. They've been at it long enough. As I said before, they know the drill.
This really all came full circle not long ago.
After that crazy evening, Election Night 2007, I received an e-mail from an old friend.
He told me he believed we did a great job of covering the election.
Those words really meant a lot.
And I couldn't wait to share it with the staff. After all, it's nice to hear you're doing well.