Horace (my pal) and T (Bill's pal) during a rare moment when they shared the same basket
Here I am sitting at home on this gray Thanksgiving morning 2010.
In a few hours I'll leave for work at the hotel. This is how I've been celebrating Thanksgiving since we moved to Delaware four years ago this month.
I have no complaints. I don't mind working Thanksgiving or Christmas. I'm not one for all the hub bub of holiday activity. I'm not a "Bah humbug" kind of guy, but some years ago I just decided to opt out of all the holiday season pressure and celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas the way I preferred, which is this way.
Having said that, now here are some of my reasons (in no particular order) why I am thankful this Thanksgiving:
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
- My freedom - to do, say and live as I please
- Living in the United State of America - the greatest country in the history of the world
- My friends - many and varied but I love them all
- My family - both sides (Tipton and Hadfield) - again many and varied but I love them all
- My home - my paradise in the best state of the Union - Delaware!
- My good health - 69 years old and still going strong
- My security - Social Security, pensions and a part-time job
- My job - best job I could have at this time of my life - hotel front desk where I meet all kinds of cool folks
I AM ALSO THANKFUL FOR:
- Those unheralded héros who rescue cats and dogs and other abandoned animals
- Those unheralded héros who clean up the litter on the sides of our roads
- Those unheralded héros who are whistle blowers to make public the corruption in our society
- Those moms and dads (and other family members) who raise children to be good members of our society
I could go on and sound like a Academy Award winner and thank my third grade teacher Miss Ezrah for being responsible for the person I am today but she actually wasn't although she was a good teacher.
Last but surely not least I am thankful for being born gay. Yes, I said it. I am thankful for being born gay. I believe I was born gay (this time around anyway) to give me insight of the true nature of our society and the people in it. I truly feel that I was blessed to be chosen for this special mission in my life.
A few weeks ago I marked my 69th birthday. The end of my life isn't that many years away. When I look back on the past 69 years I realize how truly blessed I have been to have had such a unique and remarkable journey.
When I go to sleep tonight I will go with the knowledge that I have a lot to be thankful for. If I don't wake up tomorrow but instead enter Eternal Sleep I will do with the knowledge that I have had a full and rewarding life for which I am most thankful for.
Now I see I ended a sentence on a preposition which my English teacher in high school drummed into me never to do so I will attempt to correct that situation now.
Horace and T (our two dogs pictured in this posting), I'll be with you soon.
When that happens, I know will be in Heaven.