Today I am going over things in my life that I have to be thankful for, and they are many. First, I am thankful for my family. This takes in my wife, who has been confined to a nursing home for several years, whose physical condition changes very little, Her dementia started about 10 years ago, and since that time she has seemed to live in another world. She was always a good person and good wife, and I treasure the years we have had together. Because of Geraldine, I have two wonderful daughters, and I am very thankful that I can have them to share the time that I am living now. We have many common interests, and keep in close contact with each other by use of the telephone and that great communicating device, email. In my younger days, I never dreamed that such a thing as email would ever be.
And I am so thankful for my two grandchildren that I treasure so much. These children and grandchildren bring the kind of happiness that comes with every holiday, and the joy of having them near is such a blessing. Old age has a few disadvantages, but none that could overshadow the happiness and the thanksgiving that I experience I enjoy each day, knowing I have their love.
I am thankful that I can say I have many good friend, who are there when I need them. When a person has friends, I consider that person wealthy.
And for the fairly good health that I enjoy, I am very thankful. I don’t expect to feel like I did 20 years ago, because as the body ages, that body is challenged by many infirmities that I have been fortunate to escape. I’m thankful for good dedicated doctors, and for the fine hospital so near to my home. And I am thankful for churches and for the ministers who serve them, and for our fine universities and community colleges, and the dedicated instructors in those establishments.
For these lofty mountains and valleys of the Appalachian area, and the cattle that graze the green fields I am so thankful.
Each morning I get out of bed, knowing I can perform the tasks of running a household, drive to the shopping center to purchase food for the pantry, and preparing the same. At this Thanksgiving season, I thank God, the great giver of all good things for all He has done for me and my family and friends.
-Lloyd Mathews is a retired land surveyor and a historian who lives in Pulaski.