2009 has been a year of great upheaval and great promise. Here are the things I am most thankful for as we get ready to celebrate the holidays.
My Family’s Health
This year has left many people scared that swine flu is going to be debilitating to us this year. I am very thankful that my family washes their hands, sanitizes doorknobs, sneezes into their sleeves, and generally won’t touch many things when out in public.
Working on the Internet
In this hard recession, I am thankful I have a job both in the real world and online. My family has become better for my ability to stay home more often and still earn income.
To see our men and women in uniform in the world’s largest all-volunteer armed services makes me stand a little straighter every time I see someone in uniform. Thank you all, soldiers and their families, who make sacrifices each and every day so that we may enjoy our freedom in America.
I am very glad that President Obama has put diplomacy first and war last on his agenda unlike his predecessor. Wars with Iran and North Korea could very well have been avoided this year thanks to diplomacy instead of armed action.
Freedom is something we take for granted until we lose it. I am thankful that our freedoms have come back in a post-9/11 world and Americans feel free to express themselves no matter what their political views.
My kids love what’s on television that’s geared towards them as does my wife and myself. Plus it gives us a break from Jon and Kate, Balloon Boy, and other people behaving strangely in the news. Cute and cuddly boys, cute and cuddly.
I am thankful my wife and kids like my beard. I really don’t like shaving plus it keeps me warm in the winter. All that and my family likes it too. Thank you, beard.
A Lack of Atlantic Hurricanes
Thankfully this year has had few hurricanes and even fewer storms hitting the United States. We could have just as easily been the Phillipines who got hit with two major tropical storms within a week.
We keep our cupboard well stocked of alcohol-based sanitizing wipes to keep ourselves germ-free.
Take Out, Drive Through, and Delivery
Our favorite foods can come in handy ready to go varieties to eat at home instead of being around so many people with germs in restaurants.