There is plenty for which to be thankful

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 01:57 PM.

For the diversity of America that makes us stronger and ensures a mosaic of ideas, beliefs, art and music. For Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart and the scores of composers, musicians, orchestras, and bands who brought us and continue to bring us classic and timeless music that both soothes and energizes our souls.

For our lack of perfection. For all our own personal mistakes and flaws and those of our nation, we grow stronger and are better because of our blunders more so than from our triumphs.

For the Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Central Intelligence and Drug Enforcement Agencies, FBI, Border Patrol, police officers and other law enforcement personnel, firefighters and all those willing to place themselves in harm’s way to protect us and our way of life.

For mothers and fathers who put aside, often forever, their own personal desires and dreams to raise America’s next generation to productive adulthood. For the discipline of fathers, the tenderness of mothers, the friendship of brothers and sisters, and for the romantic love of spouses. For the warm embrace of our families, friends and neigbors.

For all the women of the world who add beauty, grace, tenderness, and compassion to our lives, are naturally endowed with a desire to deal in consensus rather than conflict, and teach us that a strong heart ultimately wins over brawn and even brain.

For the janitors, hotel cleaning staffs, and rest room cleaners, fast food servers, clerks, plumbers, auto mechanics, electricians, garbage men, dishwashers and waitresses, disabled and elderly care givers, farmers, fruit and vegetable pickers and poultry workers, construction workers, nurses, teachers, air traffic controllers, and all those unheralded (and often underpaid and overworked) amongst us who enrich and ease our lives.

For the laughter and innocence of children.

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