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By Pam Stevens

A lot to be thankful for


Every year we each get the opportunity to share in the tradition of Thanksgiving. With most of my family living far away from us, we get the privilege of sharing Thanksgiving with our dear friends this year.

Of course, we all have our favorites from the dinner table. Mine are mashed potatoes and gravy and sweet potato casserole (I received a delicious recipe from a friend a few years ago and it is simply mouth-watering, albeit very fattening).

After moving to Washington just over 17 years ago, I got the opportunity to make my first-ever Thanksgiving dinner. At the time, I didn’t see this as a blessing; honestly, I saw it as a lot of work. However, I soon found out that cooking Thanksgiving dinner isn’t as hard it looks.

With the help of my mother, mother-in-law, grandmas and aunts, I picked up recipes and short cuts which made creating this annual meal a lot more fun than I had imagined. I am so blessed to have so many wonderful cooks in my life.

I am also grateful for a husband who never ceases to help me. Not just with Thanksgiving dinner but all the time. I truly don’t know how I got so lucky in the marriage department.

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is to ask my family what they are thankful for. As my children have grown, their awareness of the blessings around them has grown as well. When they were young they were grateful for, “Mommy and Daddy” or “my toys” or even “our house”.

As teenagers they realize that they have so much more to be thankful for, even if they don’t always remember those things. Things like good health, a roof over their heads, the day-to-day chores that their parents do for them.

As I have pondered the writing of this editorial, I have realized how blessed most of us in this community really are. The majority of us have jobs, food on the table, a safe place to call home and friends and family who care about us. How often we forget to remember those small and simple things.

However, there are those around us who may not have a turkey on their table this Thanksgiving or mashed potatoes or gravy, without the help of the many organizations in our communities who ensure that everyone gets to enjoy the blessings of Thanksgiving.

So as you take a moment to think of all that you have to be grateful for, please remember also, to give to local charities that help ensure that everyone gets to enjoy a wonderful and merry holiday season. If you do, you will have even more to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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