What are you "Thankful" for

By:  Kathleen  •  Vacations  •  5 months ago  •  37 comments

What are you "Thankful" for

I thought we could all take a break from politics and talk about what you are thankful for.

Thanksgiving is coming up and it's time to reflect on the things that really matter in life. 

Name something that you are very thankful for.

Please... be polite and no politics. 

Thank you. 


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PhD Principal
1  author  Kathleen    5 months ago

I am thankful for my family and friends.

Senior Guide
1.1  Sunshine  replied to  Kathleen @1    5 months ago
I am thankful for my family and friends.

Me too.  Everyone is doing good right now.  

PhD Principal
1.1.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Sunshine @1.1    5 months ago


So far we are all hanging in there, hoping to get through the holidays. Nobody is sick and trying to be careful.

Split Personality
PhD Principal
2  Split Personality    5 months ago

The successes of my adult children,

The joy of spending every day with my newish wife

( even though she keeps pushing blueberries on me, lol )

Blue Bell ice cream.

A 75 inch Samsung for football jrSmiley_30_smiley_image.gif

and the health of the far flung families I am part of. 

Only one COVID death so far.

My 88 year old Mother and her 90 year old sister

( I should clarify that they are like two 30 somethings, they way they get around )

and the end of the recent 24/7 news coverage...jrSmiley_44_smiley_image.gif

PhD Principal
2.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Split Personality @2    5 months ago

All good ones Split... 

Blue bell Ice Cream?  That sounds really good.

I think I am thankful that all the leaves are almost done falling in my yard. jrSmiley_98_smiley_image.gif

Junior Guide
3  Veronica    5 months ago

My daughter's meds appear to be keeping her in remission.  She is working.

 My son is working.

My spouse and I are both working.

No covid in my acknowledged family members.

My sister and I did get away for a short time together (in state travel) after having to cancel New Orleans trip.

PhD Principal
3.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Veronica @3    5 months ago

I am very happy that your daughters meds are working Veronica...  : )  

Junior Guide
3.1.1  Veronica  replied to  Kathleen @3.1    5 months ago

Thank you.  It has taken a weight off so far.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
3.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Veronica @3    5 months ago

Wonderful news about your daughter! 

Junior Guide
3.2.1  Veronica  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.2    5 months ago

Thank you.  I thank my Goddess daily - she thanks her God.

Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4  Vic Eldred    5 months ago

I've thought about it recently. I'm doing good, my kids & grand kids are doing good. We are healthy and I might just make it to a vaccine.

That covers it.

Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
5  Buzz of the Orient    5 months ago

What am I thankful for?

My wife, whom I am so lucky to have found and married

My two kids, who are both highly educated, intelligent, and involved in very successful careers

The fact that I'm still alive and kicking while so many of my old friends no longer are.

The decision I made to come to China to teach - something very different from my profession, but that I found to be even more gratifying, although I am now retired.

The pleasure I gain from being a member of thenewstalkers, and thankful for the good friends I discovered because of it and NV, notwithstanding the distance between us.

The movies I can watch a do almost every day, John Grisham's novels, and the delicious food my wife cooks. 

The fact that although I might forget where I put my glasses and then be told I'm wearing them (that actually happened yesterday), yet being able to recall so clearly so many experiences throughout my life from the time I was 2 or 3 years old - those many varied experiences I have had, enjoying the best of times, and surviving the worst. 

PhD Principal
5.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    5 months ago

You have plenty of nice things to be thankful for.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
6  Perrie Halpern R.A.    5 months ago

Well, I have a loving hubby, two talented and brilliant daughters a wonderful family and hopefully, this year coming, two weddings, too, and both boys are the best. My mom, dad, and father in law are doing fine (knock on wood). I have a roof over my head and food in my belly, so there is a lot to be said about that.

PhD Principal
6.1  Ender  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @6    5 months ago

And ducks in a pool.  : )

Nice that you like both of your future son in laws.

Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
6.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @6.1    5 months ago

LOL.  And I'm sure they are bound to like Perrie if they don't already.  

PhD Principal
6.2  author  Kathleen  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @6    5 months ago

Yours sounds a little like my life at the moment.  Congratulations on your daughters engagements.

PhD Principal
7  author  Kathleen    5 months ago

Come on you guys... you mean to tell me you have nothing to be thankful for? 

MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
8  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)    5 months ago

My family and friends [aka the family I choose].

My health.

My home.

My career.

My boss.

The doctor that is now looking after my stepdad and making sure he's getting better... at least as "better" as he can be. That this experience has shown me that my mother actually does understand and feel love.

PhD Principal
8.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @8    5 months ago

Hope your stepdad feels better soon.

Just Jim NC TttH
Junior Expert
9  Just Jim NC TttH    5 months ago

I am thankful that the virus hit both me and my wife and the only symptoms she had was loss of taste and smell and a bit tired. I myself have not really shown any symptoms thus far other than a little respiratory discomfort in my upper chest.

Thankful for all we have, home, food, friends, family, and work.

PhD Principal
9.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @9    5 months ago

Jim, I am glad that you and your wife recovered from the virus and you both did not get real bad side effects from it.

Greg Jones
Masters Participates
10  Greg Jones    5 months ago

I wasn't quite so lucky....spent  8 days in  the  hospital. Feeling much better..

Will discuss later in the week

PhD Principal
10.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Greg Jones @10    5 months ago

I am glad you are feeling a lot better Greg, hospitals are not any fun.

Sophomore Silent
10.2  JaneDoe  replied to  Greg Jones @10    5 months ago

Glad you’re feeling better Greg. Keep healing!

Just Jim NC TttH
Junior Expert
10.3  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Greg Jones @10    5 months ago

Sorry to hear that Greg but so glad you are recovering.

Sophomore Silent
11  JaneDoe    5 months ago

I too am thankful for my family and friends.
For each new day that I have to share with my loved ones.

This is a poem I came across about being thankful. I love poetry and thought it wouldn’t hurt to share it here.

Be Thankful
Poet Unknown

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

Sophomore Silent
11.1  JaneDoe  replied to  JaneDoe @11    5 months ago

One more thing, I can’t believe I almost left this out. I am going to be a grandma! My heart is full!!jrSmiley_93_smiley_image.jpg

Senior Guide
11.1.1  Sunshine  replied to  JaneDoe @11.1    5 months ago

Congrats Jane, being a Grandma is very special.  

PhD Principal
11.1.2  author  Kathleen  replied to  Sunshine @11.1.1    5 months ago


I am so happy for you!  

What a great Grandma you will be..

Sophomore Silent
11.1.3  JaneDoe  replied to  Sunshine @11.1.1    5 months ago

Thank you sunshine.

Sophomore Silent
11.1.4  JaneDoe  replied to  Kathleen @11.1.2    5 months ago

I have been looking forward to this for a long time. I am so excited!

Thank you for the kind words. Not to toot my own horn but I am going to be a great grandma! jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

PhD Principal
11.2  author  Kathleen  replied to  JaneDoe @11    5 months ago

Wonderful poem Jane..

PhD Principal
12  Texan1211    5 months ago

I am thankful for my wife.

I am thankful my sister survived a bout of esophageal cancer.

I am thankful my grandkids are doing so well.

I am thankful my kids are doing so well.

PhD Principal
12.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  Texan1211 @12    5 months ago

All good things for you...

lady in black
Professor Participates
13  lady in black    5 months ago

I am thankful for:

My family - Always and forever

My friends - I know who I can count during rough times

My dog - What can I say about my best friend

My job - They proved once again how much they care and want to retain workers by upper management taking the brunt of the pay cuts/not getting bonuses that were put in place during this pandemic.  Staff pay is back to normal and 401k match is back in place.  They did the same thing during the 2008-2009 mess.  Next year is my 25th year there.  

Having not to worry financially even if I lost my job.

The time I had with my husband and son before they were taken from this earth.

People here on NT, yes, even the ones I don't see eye to eye with.  Who wants to live in an echo chamber.  

PhD Principal
13.1  author  Kathleen  replied to  lady in black @13    5 months ago

Nice things to be thankful for, it would get quite boring if everyone had the same opinion I think.