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Cutting to the Core

Time to give thanks

It's that time of the year again. Thanksgiving Day! It's one of my favorite holidays. Who doesn't love eating turkey with all of the trimmings? Not many, I suspect.

But besides all of the good food I and my family will be eating this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day is also a time to reflect on just what we all have to be thankful for.

For me, there are several things I am thankful for this holiday season.

First and foremost, I'm thankful I have a job. It's no secret the economy isn't doing well. Gasoline prices are on the rise, again! People are out of work and the threat of unemployment benefits being cut off is very real. While some people will spend this Thanksgiving worrying about the future, I have a job that I actually love. And for that, I am thankful.

I'm thankful for my wife. She works two jobs, one in the Tri-Cities and one in Yakima. She leaves the house around 10 a.m. and doesn't return until well after 10 p.m. on most days. She is usually tired when she comes home, but she never fails to get up the next morning and do it all over again. The extra money she brings in is crucial to our family and for her dedication and work ethic, I'm very thankful. I don't think I tell her that enough.

I'm thankful for my daughter. She is the light of my life and makes everything that I or my wife does, worth it. I'm thankful that she is smart. I'm thankful that she is healthy. And most of all, I'm thankful that she loves me and my wife unconditionally.

I'm thankful for the snow that is falling outside as I write this. Winter is cold and usually not fun, but having snow, no matter how difficult it is, makes it worthwhile. My daughter loves the snow and anytime she's happy, I'm happy.

Yes, I'm thankful for the snow and I'll be even more thankful when we get more. And next week, after slogging around in the snow for awhile, I'll be thankful for that Chinook that is sure to come through the valley.

I'm also thankful for the people of Sunnyside. It's been five years since I first moved to this town and Sunnyside is starting to feel like home. I'm thankful for all of the friends I've met here. I'm thankful for getting a Thanksgiving Dinner invitation to a friend's house. Someday I'll even be thankful after I get to taste one Sunnyside resident's famous gravy. I'm still waiting for that one, but I know when it happens, I'll be thankful.

I'm thankful the people of Sunnyside still speak to me after I write one of my political rants. I know I irritate some people, but most take it with a grain of salt and don't hold it against me. For that I'm thankful.

Everybody has different things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. For me it's employment, family, snow and friends. But most of all I'm just thankful, and I hope you are, too.

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