Column: It’s easy to forget sometimes, but I have a lot to be thankful for |

Column: It’s easy to forget sometimes, but I have a lot to be thankful for

Merrie Leininger, staff writer

Thanks are in order this week.

I am thankful for the home that I share with my little family – my boyfriend Andy and my dog Nicky.

I am thankful Nicky is still here to share another year with us. I am thankful for Dr. Larson and the others at the Carson Valley Veterinarian Hospital who helped us when Nicky was in pain recently.

Every day, I am thankful that I have a boyfriend who will hold my hand through those scary times, get down to work and tackle problems when the situation calls for it and make me laugh through all of it.

I am thankful that we have a helpful and caring landlady (who is also the helpful and caring people section editor at the paper, Joyce Hollister). She offered us a home when before we only had a house. Joyce is one of those rare people who eagerly goes out of their way to facilitate the work of everyone around her. She has been extraordinarily kind to us and continues to offer us a hand whenever she can.

In our little corner of the world, there is a lot of prosperity and it is easy to forget there are many less fortunate than we are. I am thankful for people who work (and volunteer) at the senior center, the food closet and the Family Support Council who provide services and reach out to anyone who may be lonely, hungry or scared.

My editor, Sheila Gardner, is also one of those people. She does a lot of volunteer work in the community, but beyond that, she is a person who people turn to when they are in a crisis or even feeling blue. I am thankful I can call her my friend in addition to my boss. Sheila is a rock for so many more than me.

She hired me here at The Record-Courier, and although I have questioned this next statement more than a few times this year, I am thankful that I work here. (I work with other friendly, hard-working people, but I have limited word space here.)

And besides that, I am thankful I can work. I usually only think about it when I am sick or when I hear of someone else with an illness, I am thankful that I can get up everyday and go into work. I am thankful I have the ability to put a couple of sentences together and communicate with others around me. I am thankful that I can continue to learn and improve. I know it sounds so simplistic, but many people don’t have these blessings.

I am thankful for books that take me to other places and help me learn new things.

I am thankful for the change in seasons.

I am thankful that I will be flying home to Ohio soon to see my family and my best friend, Chris.

I am thankful.