A day to be thankful
November 22, 2011
“We dodged a bullet,” East Fork Chief Tod Carlini said on Friday of a 15-acre wildfire that was speeding toward the fairgrounds that afternoon.
But planning and some luck stopped the fire in its tracks despite winds gusting up to 50 mph. Firefighters from all over the region were fighting the wind and rough terrain to get a handle on the Caughlin fire in Reno that claimed two dozen homes.
On this eve of Thanksgiving, when we spend the day considering the things that we are thankful for, we need only look at the news events around us and wonder sometimes if it’s a stretch.
But remember for every home that burned down in Reno, thousands were saved all across the region. For every tragedy, there were a thousand near misses, and tens of thousands of nonevents.
The reality check is that while our economy continues to falter, our families continue to love us. A house may be a home, but it is ultimately a thing that can be rebuilt.
We list the things that we are thankful for on this day before Thanksgiving, including our families, friends, and the people who make our days more interesting.
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We are thankful that we still live in the most prosperous nation in the history of the world, where even those who lack are foremost in the minds of those who have.
We are thankful that we live in this beautiful place, even on days like Friday when it seems to turn on us. Because it’s those days that we remember that there are things more powerful than we are, and it makes us humble.