Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Much To Be Thankful For
Here we go folks, another Thanksgiving Day is almost here.
As my previous seventy-fours years of life, I have much to be thankful for. As I enter my seventy-fifth year here is a spontaneous list of just some of the reasons I have to be thankful for. Be warned my list is not politically correct nor in any particular order:
I am thankful:
That I am an American. While we have many problems in our country, I still would rather be an American than any other nationality.
That I am gay. I never once in my life regretted being born gay. I have always felt that I was given a "gift" to live my life as a gay man.
My husband, Bill. For the past fifty-one years I have led a charmed life with a man who has loved me without qualification.
My home. All my life I dreamed of having exactly the home I have now. And I am so thankful that it is paid for. NO MORTGAGE!
That I can walk. After my fall last winter which severed my quadricep muscle, I feared that I would never walk normal again. Walking has always been one of my treasures and I have it back again. I am SO THANKFUL.
My jobs. All my jobs. I've been working since I was ten years old when my Mother told me (when I was in third grade) "You're going to work." She got me a paper boy job (which I loved, probably the best job I've ever had in my life). I have worked non-stop since and will continue to work until I can no longer walk and my brain no longer functions. My goal is to never completely retire.
My friends. Both long-time and new friends and especially my Special Friend Pat. All my life I was on a search for "someone like me" and two years ago I found him, or he found me. Someday I will tell that whole story of our meeting but for now I have someone who is totally unselfish, caring and fun to be with. All my life I knew I would meet him. The wait was long but worth it. I will not end my days alone.
My health. Although I live with arthritis, that gradually grows worse, I can still manage. My prostate cancer and kidneys stone days are behind me (I hope). I look forward to living many more days active and healthy.
The Republican Clown Show presidential candidates. Oh yes, the current crop of Republican presidential candidates virtually assure that another Democrat will be elected president and thus assure that no more Republican conservatives will be appointed to the Supreme Court during my lifetime.
And lastly, I am thankful that I live in a country that not only has freedom of religion but freedom FROM religion. We live in a world today where may religious extremists foment against anyone who doesn't adhere to their religious views.
The first Thanksgiving was held by Pilgrims who came to this country for religious freedom. Ironically they didn't tolerate anyone in their community who didn't adhere to their strict religious views. And today, we have those in this world (Muslim religious extremists) who seek to destroy us because we're the infidels.
My wish to everyone who reads this blog is a very safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.