On this Thanksgiving Day we all have much to be thankful for. I am of course thankful for all of you who have made this year so wonderful, with your comments, participation in the chat room, and phone calls. But for me there’s so much more.
I am thankful of course for my family, my mom and her support, listening on line every day, and my brothers who participate through texts and e-mails and offer good commentary … of course the Sound Off Sister who has done so much for the show and all of us through her meticulous examination of all of the health care bills, and then offering her commentary, even as she suffered through the personal loss of her husband, Rip.
But I want to make special mention of three people who changed my life. My longtime friend, one time boss, Liz Godbout and my son, who together helped save my life in January. Even though I tried to convince them all I was fine, both Liz and Chris knew better and on that Thursday night scrambled to get me help. Without the two of them, this blog might have a different ending.
It was Liz who ultimately called her brother, Dr. Mike Grey, chief of medicine at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, and, as only a sister can do, convinced him to get to my house that night. But it was Dr Grey’s immediate care and concern, not to mention his amazing knowledge (thanks Harvard) that has pulled me through and kept me going. I guess, in a way, I am most thankful for him. He is an amazing Doctor and I am forever indebted. Oh yes, and his Mom, for bringing him and his sister into this world.
I leave you with George Washington’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation delivered in 1789.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, 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 may then all unite in 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; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.
UPDATE: Go ahead and leave your comments for what you are thankful for, and let your friends know you are thinking of them. God Bless you all. Amen.