Merry Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2007

Are you ready for the holidays? Prepared to hear the wild turkey tales of Harold the Red Billed Turkey, who led the pilgrim’s sleigh through the dark and foggy night? Or perhaps you like the tale of Chilly, the Pile of Leaves, who came to life when children placed a magic top hat upon his head? Perhaps Saint Jovial will place candied yams and sweet potatoes in your stockings if you’re a good boy or girl.

Nevermind. Thanksgiving just doesn’t have quite the potential for stories or songs as Christmas does, but it was worth a shot.  It is still a very good holiday though.

I have lots to give thanks for this year, believe it or not. The Cowboys, who you will watch live and I will watch on tape delay tomorrow at work, will extend their record to 10 wins, I am sure.

I ate a ton of good food for Thanksgiving Lunch, to include Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, maccaroni and cheese, green beans, fresh fruit, a salad, sparking grape juice (since there is no alcohol here), Dr. Pepper and Root Beer. I’d like to give thanks that they are also having all the same desserts for dinner, so I will sample them tonight.

I deployed with a bunch of people who I will have more good times than bad times with, and even during the bad times we make each other laugh and smile.

My family is safe and far away, which is better than them being here and in danger. I know they love me because they constantly send cards, packages, and answer all my phone calls, so I hope they know I love them too.

If they know that, then I am truly thankful.

And I am thankful that the work I am doing is meaningful, and that overall, Iraq will have been better off because of the unit I have deployed with and the things we are doing here. Regardless of what you think about how this war started, I am glad to be a part of making the country a better place than what it was.

And because I know there are many more people out there reading this than I know, I hope you are all thankful for something today. And if you really want to tell someone how thankful you are for something, please email me and let me know. I’d love to hear about it.

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