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What I'm thankful for

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I've got a lot to be thankful for.

I have a wonderful wife and awesome son. I have a great family.

Sometimes, I feel like I'm on top of the world.

For example, just the other day, a gentleman named Ben Ogborn dropped off a gift for James David.

He brought in a rocking chair he made himself in his own shop.

Ben, even though James David doesn't really have the patience to sit in it just yet, Merry and I wanted to thank you whole-heartedly for such a wonderful gift.

It really means a lot when residents in the community take time out of their busy lives to create something so magical.

Merry and I are speechless as to all the gifts people have given James David.

I mean speechless. We didn't expect so much of an outpouring of love and generosity.

As I said, times like that, life feels really great.

Then there are the other moments.

Like the one I had Sunday afternoon. The anonymous letter that was sent pointing out an error in a recent column of mine.

I don't claim to be perfect. Sometimes, mistakes get past my eyes as they do the eyes of others. We don't like it, but sometimes, it happens.

I apologize for that. However, again, I'm not perfect.

None of us are.

In our position here at the paper, our livelihood is on the line practically every time we publish a paper.

If a mistake gets past us, we all feel horrible.

But we have to dust ourselves off, get back up and keep on moving.

That's what we have to do.

I can't stand mistakes. If I make one, I dwell on it.

One slight error can make my day pretty bad.

But I have a wonderful family to go home to every evening that helps eliminate that pain.

I can walk into the house and see James David flash me a bright smile and any of those problems I've dealt with throughout the day disappear.

Ultimately, he's what I'm most thankful for.

My son.

Those moments when you walk into the house and he lifts up his head, smiles and is ready for a hug.

I hope all of you have the chance this week to remember what you are most thankful for.

The entire staff of The Brazil Times also wishes all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving.