THE WAFFLEMAN: What Everyone Has To Be Thankful For

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Yo! Here we go again with this question – what are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day?

There are lots of people who don’t realize what they have to be thankful for. Most of these things they take for granted and they don’t consider them as important things to be thankful – unless they lose them and don’t have them now or never had them in the first place. These are thoughts about the gifts that we have.

I am thankful: for the wife who says it’s hot dogs and baked beans tonight, because she is home with me, and not out with someone else. For the husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato, because he is home and not out at the bars. For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because it means he or she is at home, not on the streets.

For the taxes I pay, because it means I am employed. For the mess to clean after a party, because it means I have been surrounded by friends. For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the sunshine. For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home. For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means we have freedom of speech.

For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am capable of walking. For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm. For the lady behind me in church who sings off key, because it means I can hear.

For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear. For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard. For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means I am alive.

And finally, for all the many letters, phone calls and emails, because it means I have friends who are thinking of me. So when you consider yourself to have nothing to be thankful for – be thankful for all that you do have. Tell this to someone you care about; I just did.

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