Better with age
Every year I am thankful for another birthday -- and as a woman I say:
Between 60 and 70 are a woman's best years,
We've gone through emotions from laughter to tears.
Never miss a local story.
We've toughened our hides and softened our hearts,
We know what's important and what life's all about!
We've found our true love,
And our kids are all grown.
We've found solace in our faith,
And now have minds of our own!
We've come to an age now where years do not matter,
They just build life experience, like rungs on a ladder.
We're not young anymore, but nor are we old
We're between 60 and 70, the best years, I've been told!
-- JERI FRISLIE, Kennewick
For people, pets and potties
In a world where it's getting increasingly difficult to be thankful, I'm grateful that I can still be thankful and look into the eyes of degradation and despair with a simple smile and know with a fair amount of confidence that the worse is still to come, but just hasn't arrived yet. Thankfully.
I love my sister and would even donate skin for her skin graft if something should happen to her nose, but I'm thankful that she doesn't live with us. I'm thankful that when we get together, it's with open arms, hugs, good talk, food, fun and sharing, but I'm thankful I'm leaving after a couple days and so is she. I know this by what I see in the rearview mirror. That's a metaphor of course, and thankful I don't see anything even if she does.
I'm thankful for the small group/Bible studies I go to that help remind me of how thankful I should be, and thankful that gas is only about 3 bucks a gallon so I can get there and thankful when I arrive.
I'm thankful that our cats, three of them, go more outside then inside -- if you get my drift.
I'm thankful for our veterans who serve this great country and my youngest son who served in the Marines overseas. I'm thankful for both of my boys who are grown and on their own and trust me when I tell you that everybody is thankful for that.
I love dearly my six grandkids, number seven is on the way, as they keep reminding me through various interactions how really old I am and thankful I'm still around and not in a museum someplace filed under "ancient artifacts," and thankful even more that I haven't gone in for a hip replacement and hopeful that they get the right one, first time around when I do.
I am truly, truly thankful that the last time I had to run into the men's room at Penneys, that there was actually an open stall. I am truly, truly thankful for that. Really, I am.
I'm thankful that in a day and age when a job really means something I can still hold onto it and the rest of what I have.
I'm thankful for my daily bread and grateful for the 12-step diet plan I may have to go on because of a little too much daily bread.
I'm thankful for the empty tomb.
I'm thankful we live in a nation where we can still follow after our dreams of life, love, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and may it forever be.
Now may the God of the universe and Maker of all things grant you peace and a thoughtful, thankful, tranquil, triumphant Thanksgiving.
-- BENJAMIN C. COOK,Kennewick
A national day of Thanksgiving
I'm thankful for the brave and wise leaders who worked together with common purpose and civility to form this nation under its Constitution in 1789. As stated by George Washington in the original Thanksgiving Proclamation: "Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November (1789) to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we then all unite in the rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation (the original 13 states) ... the favorable interpositions of his providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war (the Revolutionary War for Independence) ... the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, particularly the national One lately instituted (the Constitution of the United States of America)."
May our current national leaders demonstrate such bravery, wisdom and civility in the interest of our nation and its future; not their individual or political agendas.
-- BILL DIXON, Kennewick
Doctors give us another year
I am thankful for so many things. I'm thankful for the staff at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club and the Richland Fire Department who paddled my husband back to life when he collapsed on the tennis court. I'm thankful for the emergency room at Kadlec and the doctors at Kadlec and Sacred Heart in Spokane as they prepared him to get a pacemaker and defibrillator. I'm thankful that it seems to be working.
Since I have to be the driver for six months, I'm thankful that we have come to a cordial impasse about my driving ability. I'm thankful for family and friends and the strangers on the street who smile and say hello. I'm thankful for my church and my country, which despite its warts, is the best place on Earth. And I'm thankful for my God.
-- TONA BLOOMSTER, Pasco
The short list
We are thankful for:
w Christian spouse
w Family and friends
w Church family
w Warm home
-- GENE and LAURA WILSON, Richland
All the non-things
My mom and dad just celebrated63 years of marriage together. During that time they taught my four sisters, my brother and me that the most important things in life are not things. They knew the value of education and made sure all of us had that opportunity. We did things as a family that didn't cost much because we had little. We ate dinner every day together as a family. My parents never gave up on me even though I gave them many reasons to as a teenager. To this day, my parents' love and encouragement is with me every day even though they live far away.
Thanks, Mom and Dad.
-- MIKE GRINDEL, Richland
I am thankful for my parents and my friends. Last year I went through a divorce and moved the kids and myself back to the Tri-Cities. My parents helped us get into our own home and are supportive of my decision to be a single stay-at-home mom until both kids are in school. My friends have also been supportive both emotionally, and even helping me figure out how to orchestrate such a feat.
I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many people who love us and will do anything for is. There really are no words to describe how thankful I am.
-- CARRIE BENITEZ, Richland
I am thankful that for the first time ever the animals dumped, abused, abandoned and left to suffer in Benton County will have a shelter to surround them, laws and ordinances to protect them and a gentle man to oversee their care.
I am thankful, as well, to all the animal rescue groups that have done their best to provide resources for all the animals in the Tri-Cities, including Tri-Cities Animal Shelter and the Benton Franklin Humane Society.
The tireless efforts of those whose mercy extends to those without voice are deserving of a deep, generous, heartfelt thank-you.
-- JUDI NELSON, West Richland
Freedom and family
I am thankful for the members of the military who are currently serving or have served the people of this nation. As with most people, I am very thankful for and proud of my family. It has been 42 years since I spent a wonderful Thanksgiving with Mom, but I think of her daily and thank her for making me the person that I am today!!! I am also thankful for my wife, my kids and my two sisters, whom without my life would be empty.
-- BILL STEVENS, West Richland
I am thankful for the miracle (sometimes maddening) of Facebook that allowed some former students to contact me 60 years after they were in my classroom. I am thankful for their memories and have often said, "Public school teaching is a gift of love that keeps on giving." Here's an excerpt from a former student:
You're not going to believe this! I don't either ... but ... four of the girls in our (your) fourth-grade class are now Facebook friends.
My grandson, Max (13 years) found my class photo from that year, amongst the zillions of pictures I now have. So, I posted it to Facebook! Soon, Janie L. and I started talking about our beautiful and wonderful teacher ... lamenting that you married and moved away, recalling the beautiful paperdoll clothings you would draw for us ... your wonderful, warm, soft fur coat ... how we loved you ...
Then I started wondering. ... I remember you married Mr. Piippo ... but could not recall your first name, but I kept thinking to myself that it is Laura, Laurel? So ... googled and there you were!!! I kept comparing the fourth-grade photo to your current one and could see a great resemblance! ...
Oh, I'm so happy to have found you ... my favorite teacher of them all!!! I always get such a warm feeling in my heart when I've thought about you over the years. You were so kind to me. ...
Now I must let Janie know!!!
-- Karen (H. B.)
-- LAUREL PIIPPO, Richland
Someone to love
I am thankful for my amazing boyfriend, Dennis, who has been there for me through everything no matter what!
-- KELLY BUYERS, Pasco
Tough times and strong people
I am very thankful for my son, Adrien, and daughter, Tiara, and dearest friends. I have had a rough year but with the support of my closest friends and my daughter, I have gotten through it. Everyone goes through a tough time in their lives, however, it makes us stronger and with support, guidance and love from the people that mean the most to us, it makes the rough time a lot easier and you are not alone. I am so thankful to have such wonderful people in my life. I love them very much.
-- GINA M. VILLEGAS-BAKER, Pasco
A river runs through it
I am thankful for the privilege of living here with our ready access to the Columbia River and the parks that have been developed along its shores.
-- KATHY UTZ, Richland
I am grateful to live in a nation that is moral, ethical and religious. George Washington said, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports." These were the sentiments of our Founders and they set the precedent for our nation. This, so to speak, is the way we were raised and it has become our habit and our custom to live our lives morally and ethically.
Although many have forgotten and some not even known our religious roots, we have continued to live the principles that are found in the 10 Commandments. My prayer is that we will again turn with full knowledge and commitment to the source of our strength. Again, as George Washington said, " ... Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail, in exclusion of religious principles."
If we continue to disregard our religious roots, the reason for our moral behavior, our political prosperity will not continue. I am grateful to our Creator for the great gift of living in a country founded on religious and moral principles.
-- ROSEMARY DAVIDSON,Kennewick
Thankful for country
I am thankful that I live in a Judeo-Christian nation. We have lost a lot of integrity but much still exists. There are still many who sacrifice time and money to aid others who may be in serious want, spiritually and economically when they themselves do not have much. I am thankful that we still have the freedom of religion. I felt comfortable when I interviewed for a job here and drove around and observed the many churches.
Although most of the media have been bought and paid for, there are still some of the media providing an alternative to the big propaganda machine. I am thankful that there are still some politicians who are willing to consider merits of bills and not vote only on the basis of the demand of a particular person.
I am thankful for my family, my wife, our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even our in-laws. Our country is still a good enough place in which to bring children and raise them. We have problems, but stop and think. Compare what we as a nation have contributed to the world, obstacles we have overcome, nations we have put on their feet and still support, leaving us with enough to live well. And if we aresuch an evil nation, why are there so many nations who fear we may go under?
-- BILL HANSEN, Othello
Our Founding Fathers
I think that Thanksgiving is important, whereby it gives us an incentive to pause, reflect, and give thanks for all our many blessings. Most of us have loving families and many friends, a comfortable home, a few dollars in the bank and all the food we shouldn't be eating. We are also living in the greatest country there has ever been in the world. All this is possible because of our political and financial systems that were started 234 years ago by a small group of men who were willing to risk their lives, fortune and sacred honor. Since then, many others have fought and died to protect and nurture these systems. To all of these we owe our eternal thanks.
However we must never become complacent and believe that these blessings are our right forever. Democracy and freedom are fragile things which must be protected. Over the past 100 years we have seen these freedoms being gradually eroded by overreaching federal governments. I believe that we are now nearing a tipping point where we will be called on to defend freedom or drift into socialism. The conservative crowds taking to the streets seem to be saying that once again we will stand tall.
Thanks to all those who care enough to push back.
-- JIM WATKINS, Pasco
Health and happiness
Among many other things I am thankful for:
1. Being born in 20th century U.S.A. and all that it includes.
2. Kind, compassionate, loving, parents.
3. Parents who continuously strove to improve their lot in life.
4. Unemployment only three days in my adult life.
5. Those who helped me get a better-than-just-a-good education.
6. A well-educated and caring family with humanitarian values.
7. Inheriting a healthy gene pool.
8. Faithful, long-term friends.
9. The personal makeup that permitted me to take on social causes others shunned.
10. Only a few days of going without food and a warm, dry place to sleep.
11. Modern plumbing.
-- LYLE WILHELMI, Richland
A rich prosperity
I am thankful for more than I can say. Mainly I thank God for my three children, my four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. I also feel very blessed to live in this great area. (not the best today with the snow and cold, however).
-- DRUSILLA UPTON, Richland
I'm very grateful for modern heating technology.
-- WILLIAM WEIGAND,Richland
This Thanksgiving Day, I am grateful for our veterans.
I am grateful to be living in the warmth and comfort of a country and people blessed with much bounty and security.
I am grateful that this security allows us the freedom to worship our God openly, and pursue our individual dreams and ambitions.
I am especially grateful for the men and women who provide this security and their sacrifices as members of our armed forces as they selflessly serve to bring peace and comfort to a troubled world and protect this great land called America.
So on this Thanksgiving Day, and every day after, I ask that we all remember to thank our veterans, past and present, serving here and around the world, in order to keep us safe and free.
I also ask that we thank their families left behind while these heroes "walk the wall," often in the cold and darkness, while we go about our lives at home in safety, all too often with little thought about these service men and women who make it all possible.
God bless our veterans.
-- JOHN UMBARGER, Burbank
A purpose in life
I'm most thankful for having true meaning and purpose in life given to me by God. Even though I'm only a speck on the map of the universe, God has blessed me with the perfect wife and two daughters, family, friends, neighbors, church, job and nation to live in. Even in times of trials, there have always been blessings.
-- LEE WALTER, West Richland