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Belated thanks...

November 27, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens
I was going to try to avoid the hokey "What I'm Thankful For This Year..." blog, but realize that you never know when you'll have a second chance to say the things you need to say to people. So here goes...

1) First off, I am grateful for my mother, who I take after and I take pride in that fact. She always says that I am a better person and mother than her. But if that's true, I can only say that I learned it all from the best. Love ya Mom!

2) I am so thankful for my smart, healthy, and wonderful kids. I can't help but beam at my daughter's many accomplishments and how she already carries herself like a little adult. And my son, who is teaching me patience and despite our rounds, I know he's a sweet, loving little guy underneath it all.

3) My husband who manages to put up with my many flaws and quirks. We both know it goes both ways, but when we're on the same page, we make some good things happen. Plus, I got awesome in-laws; none of that dreadful "in-law drama" that other people talk about.

4) I am grateful for the writing talent I have, and that people I interview feel comfortable enough to talk to and confide in me. Trust is a very valuable thing. So is integrity.

5) I am grateful that enough of my mother's cooking talent rubbed off on me that I was able to make a tasty Thanksgiving dinner without any smoke alarms going off or 911 calls. And now with only one pair of jeans that fit, I am also thankful for another Zumba class starting on Monday.

6) I am thankful for my friends and extended family members who care and are supportive. And even those who aren't, for they make me value my true friends even more.

7) I am thankful for small town life. While it's true you rarely go out without running into someone you know, it's usually followed with small-town compassion. When something awful happens to someone or to the community itself, it is always touching to see how we rally and come together to support those in need.

8) I am thankful I have a good sense of humor and can usually make people laugh. Especially since there are those days where if I couldn't laugh, I'd probably cry.

9) I am thankful for the power of positive thinking, for it makes the dark times much more bearable and gives me the ability to carry on.

10) Finally I am grateful for the people who actually take the time to read my ramblings here. I am always flattered when someone tells me, "I really liked your blog..." Since this is one of my few creative outlets where I can be free (more or less) it's always nice to get some feedback. Thanks!


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