Always thankful for a lot

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Commentary by Heather Kestian

I do not usually entertain Internet memes, however, I made an exception during the month of November. Each day, I considered those people in my life for which I am thankful. I understand that some people see this as bragging about one’s life. I choose to see this differently – as an outward expression of thankfulness, particularly for those I sometimes forget to thank. This year, I committed to not just being thankful, but telling people how I feel.

After all, there is no time like the present. I learned this lesson the hard way earlier this year when a friend of mine, who was in his thirties, passed away very suddenly. The week prior to hearing of his passing, I had put meeting him for lunch on my to-do list. Sadly, I will never get to have that lunch.

The top of my list, which I will check twice, to prepare for the holidays:

  1. I am thankful for my husband. He is my cheerleader, my confident, and the person who I both need and want in my life. He is funny, smart, and a darn good dad. He makes me want to be a better person.
  2. I am thankful for my oldest child. The things that come out of his mouth are priceless. There is nothing better than watching a miniature version of yourself develop in front of your eyes. He makes my heart swell with tears, both good tears (wow, he is funny, which means I am funny) and bad tears (do I really do that?).
  3. I am thankful for my baby. Admission: he is not a baby anymore. I love that he orders me to sit on the carpet and read to him – a task I was always thankfully complete.
  4. I am thankful for my friends and family, both near and far. Whether they are old and dear or new, I am thankful to have ears that will listen to me laugh and cry. You know you have good friends and family when they know the sound your voice makes in the moments before you cry. I am thankful for these blessings.

I encourage you to express your gratitude to those in your life. You never know when you will not have the chance to do so. Carpe diem, my friends. May you always be thankful.

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